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I remember the first time I realized that I might be kind of a loner. When friends would invite me to hang out, usually I would tag along regardless of what was going on.
But then I started growing up and getting older, and solitude started to actually mean something to me. I grew more and more comfortable simply being by myself, alone with my own company.
Loners get a bad wrap sometimes, simply because they're not super extroverted or concerned with having an active social life. But that doesn't mean anything is wrong with them or that they need someone to help them socialize.
There are actually two different types of loners. The extroverted loner, who has no problem making friends or being social, but chooses to be alone, and the introverted loner, who actually feels more secure and safe by being alone, not having much of a choice.
The introverted loner
But if there's one thing to take away from this article, it's that being a loner is entirely different than being lonely
Loyalty and intelligence are your hallmark characteristics. So, be smart, choose your friends wisely, and don't be afraid to say "no" when a night in by yourself sounds better than a night out on the town.