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Watch A video by fiilmaker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis. Davis wrote the beautiful poem and performed in the video which Dorfman directed, shot, animated by hand and edited. The video was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was produced by Bravo!FACT more information on Tanya, go to or visit her facebook page at!/pages/Tanya-Davis/8063194647?ref=sgm You can purchase her first two CDs Make A List and Gorgeous Morning on iTunes and look out for her third CD which will be released in the fall!For more information on Andrea Dorfman, visit her facebook page or http://www.andreadorfman.comThis video was shot on a Panasonic HVX 200 and the animation was hand drawn+painted and then scanned into Adobe After Effects, exported as QTs and edited on FCP.HOW TO BE ALONE by Tanya DavisIf you are at first lonely, be patient. If youve not been alone much, or if when you were, you werent okay with it, then just wait. Youll find its fine to be alone once youre embracing it.We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. Youre not supposed to talk much anyway so its safe there.Theres also the gym. If youre shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke). And theres public transportation, because we all gotta go places. And theres prayer and meditation. No one will think less if youre hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals. The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they -- like you -- will be alone.Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone. When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. Youre no less intriguing a person when youre eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community. And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no ones watching...because, theyre probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until youre sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of lifes best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, therere always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches mightve never happened had you not been there by yourselfSociety is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no ones in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept. Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high schools groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if youre happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.Its okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, cant think like you, for this be releived, keeps things interesting lifes magic things in reach. And it doesnt mean youre not connected, that communities not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesnt get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, dont obsess about it. you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed itIf your heart is bleeding make the best of it There is heat in freezing, be a testament.