How to be Alone

I was sent this by my friend Jenna a few days ago.

As far as viral videos go, this has to be the loveliest, most unexpected one I’ve come across in a long time. I mean, it’s about poetry. It’s about the joys of being by yourself. And it is quintessentially Canadian.

I think it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn to it. Anyone who’s recently become single, anyone constantly asked why they are single, to young teenage girls, those newly moved or separated from their loved ones. Almost everyone can relate. The comments are practically glowing. There is some serious iTunes potential here.

But surprisingly, it’s received little attention from the mainstream media. And while there have been some high-profile mentions and links from places like SlateThe RumpusThe Guardian and The Atlantic, there have been no interviews or articles with the poet Tanya Davis or the director so far.

Still, a far as advice goes I think it compares well to popular 90’s hit Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen), as it wouldn’t hurt listeners to take its advice to heart. I think Mary Schmich would be proud.


1 thought on “How to be Alone

  1. This is just brilliant poetry, re-inventing itself to survive this 21st ADD century. Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to do the artist a favour and share myself.

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