Comic: I’m ok working alone

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I had a really hard time when we first moved to Tokyo. I was freelancing from home (I wasn’t set out for the “salaryman” lifestyle in Tokyo) and spending hours on end without human contact.

I’m not used to being alone. I’ve always been great at making friends :) In Tokyo there were plenty of people I could hang out with… but I didn’t have the time. Finances were tight, so I was pulling extra hours.

That ended up being pretty bad, because when you’re alone, it gives you time to think. And sometimes too much thinking is a bad thing.

I’m better now. I’m happy with myself. For the first time in my life, I’m ok being alone. I’ve actually gotten to the point that I *gasp* prefer working alone to working in groups (I can get stuff done, faster).


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15 Comments on Comic: I’m ok working alone

  1. I sort of envy your ability to have time to work alone! I have a hard time getting anything done when anyone is home because they are constantly trying to get my attention, which is exceptionally frustrating for me.

  2. Agreed about too much thinking! That’s great that you’re okay with working alone. Looking into my crystal ball… hmmm, I see more writing in your future. ;D

  3. I prefer to be alone at times, so I guess Tokyo would be my dream city. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, nothing like New York, but I prefer to be within my thoughts. I guess what keeps me sane is the possibility of being on the Internet…or maybe because I enjoy writing…who knows.

    My life emulates the drummer from the band Rush, Neil Peart. Though living in the limelight, he and the band prefers to be with family. I enjoy being alone at times It may seem unhealthy, but it’s a part of my life after desiring to be popular.

    Even if I were to win the lottery, my heaven would be either by a cliff near the ocean or in the desert inside a hill where the temperature would be a constant 78 degree Fahrenheit. So if you are a social person, socialize. If not, then enjoy your peace…good story

    • I think I’m pretty similar. Or something like that.
      I do enjoy people – but I also love hiking out in nature alone (or with my husband)… and spending TOO much time in groups makes me feel really drained…

  4. I understand you a 100%. I come from a large family (5 siblings) and it’s the first time I live alone… plus working by myself at home when I used to always work in teams.
    Now, if someone stays at my place for more than 1 hour, I get annoyed.
    I fear I’ll become a hikikomori in any second (maybe I already am?)

    • Right? For all of my life, I’ve always had a roommate/sibling living in the EXACT SAME room as me. My first time living “alone” was when I was in a LDR in Japan. And then my last semester in college.

      It was fabulous.
      Of course, it’s nice to have people around… but living alone is also pretty awesome :)

  5. I was thinking about those stuff today…

  6. That’s great! The most important thing is to find what works for you. :)

    • I’m glad I’ve finally found it :)
      What about you? Do you find it easier to work in share-spaces or alone?

      • Hmm, good question. It depends on what kind of work I’m doing. If I’m mainly researching and taking notes or studying share-spaces are fine, but if I’m into the main writing part of my work I have to be alone. That’s when my “don’t talk to me” face appears, hehe!

  7. I’m almost the opposite in that regards. Tokyo life for me has largely been a solo project punctuated with group drinking, and I’m fine with that, I don’t think I could afford group activities more than once a month anyhow. Random question though, is the rabbit thing in your comics indicative of being alone kind of like Wilson… Donnie Darko? Lol….

    • I haven’t quite decided yet (to be honest). I really should have thought up Marvin’s personality before I just started drawing him in stuff.

      I think he’s more or less my inner voice – most of the time he says things I’m thinking but too afraid/unsure/awkward to actually say.

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