It was many years ago when I first read In Praise of Shadows by Tanizaki. I was in those days, a rather typical university student, spending most of my energy to connect with other kids. Tanizaki opened my eyes to a different sort of pleasure. Of serenity that one can only achieve on his or her own.
Among all of the self-help writing that you see these days, you don’t see much about the value of being on your own. So I was pleased to see Susan Cain speak up for the creative value in being introverted and alone. Susan did a TED talk on this as well — and I am sure it was not easy for her. Here she is