Also called simply 'taking care of number one' first. You and only you live inside your own skin 24/7.
During the days here in El Salvador I am not lonely, I like to stop and talk to people, friends and aquaintances (Conocidos) both, made a new friend today, struck up a conversation, then walked into Cibercafe and encountered another long term friend, whose Father has just been recently named Minister of Culture in the new El Salvadorian Government.
I walk around, I take local buses, I am not afraid, some of my neighbors, good honest hard working people, are afraid to walk more than 50 meters from their front door, many locals now drive everywhere with the windows rolled up. They have been robbed 2 or 3 times, I have not. When I am alone on side streets I walk like I own the world, get out of my way! Yeah and I 'profile' people, on the bus will sit down next to adult or well dressed clean cut young person, often if they have a textbook will strike up a conversation. I am happy living here. No rat race.
Still a lot of New York City inside me.
Muy bravo, I guess
I live alone, by choice, and when I return home in the evening I am alone, by choice, not lonely.
No one is near perfect
Just don't be like the politicians and make promises you can't keep.
Nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to apoligize for, if you are honest and not conning nor scamming people.
Remember as a child my Mother had a Lady friend who emigrated to US from Ireland, said teh Catholic Rosary in Gaelic and her favorite e in her thick Brouge was "There was only one who was purr-fect and they crucified Him!"
PS advice to travelers in our 'third' or 'developing' world..whatever...often I have to slow down, stop and HALT
H is Hungry
A is Angry
L is Lonely
T is Tired
A stressed, tired and or lonely traveler is a vulnerable traveler.
A relaxed traveler is aware, alert and never will be lonely
Always take time to eat meals
If someone makes me angry or upset I just try and walk away, online I can delete.I have choices. Sometimes I make bad ones, a mistake, a learning experience.
Happy travels to all
Had a "near to perfect" day so far. Best I can hope for.
Nobody's perfect and there's yin and yang, positive and negative character traits in each and everyone of us. Perfectionism or being goal oriented leads to disappointment and isolation so sometimes it's important that one "takes a break from oneself" and have a good laugh at themselves and the world around them. I've been needing a break my very lucky, "dream" lifestyle since last year so will be taking off in June for a longer than usual break of 2 to 3 months.