Appeasing My Inner Monk

Happy Birthday, alone time, humor, Modern PhilosopherI normally don’t like being alone on my birthday, Modern Philosophers, but this year, I thought I’d change it up a little.

I’m appeasing my inner monk.

While I’m not wearing a brown hooded robe and spending the day in prayer, I am wearing a hoodie, and might have said a quick prayer that this is the year I finally find full time work as a writer and get into a relationship.

But I am finding peace in the solitude.

Spending any holiday alone is difficult, but my birthday has always been a day that I’ve tried to spend with someone special.

My favorite birthday will always be the one a few years ago when Rachel, aka The Girl Who Moved Away, and I went on our first date.

Lately, though, it’s been a one man show, and that’s really caused the dark clouds to roll in and then remain with me for several days.

Today, though, The Modern Philosopher is a Modern Monk.

Happy Birthday, alone time, humor, Modern PhilosopherI am embracing my time alone in my Fortress of Solitude, and refusing to allow loneliness to be my Kryptonite.

My inner monk finds strength in the silence, and knows how to use the alone time to recharge his mind and soul.

Basically, I’m having a great day watching football, reading all the messages and birthday wishes from friends and family, and devouring this cool book I picked up at the library.

Sure, I’d love to spend the day with a special someone.  Who doesn’t enjoy holding hands, smooching, and opening presents?

But my inner monk has taken a vow of chastity, so he does not miss the company of an attractive member of the opposite sex.

Honestly, though, the quiet is nice.  I went for a long run this morning, which reminded me that I might be getting older, but my body is still holding up well.

Monks really have no worries, so I’m enjoying a stress free day.  Sure, I think it’s a little weird that all my thoughts are in Latin, but I took two years of it in high school, and remember enough to get by.

Happy Birthday, birthday cake, humor, Modern PhilosopherLuckily, my inner monk believes in forgiveness, so he is willing to look the other way later when I ignore my healthy eating habits to enjoy a birthday whoopie pie.

I’m sure I will atone for that sin by going for long, sweaty runs in the week ahead once my inner monk returns to the abbey.

I’m on my own, but doing just fine.  Thanks to those of you who have sent me birthday wishes.  My inner monk will remember you in his prayers…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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12 Responses to Appeasing My Inner Monk

  1. Happy, happy birthday my new friend in Maine! ❤️

  2. Louise says:

    hey Austin i spent my birthday on my own too. i went shopping in melbourne cbd. looked in the windows at Tiffany ( my own version of Audrey Hepburn). Had coffee at a ‘trendy’ cafe where i had no idea what type of coffee beans i liked. went to the state library watched people play chess, snuggled down – in a very old comfy leather chair, hiding in some of the corners there and read a magazine( i can’t afford) and bought myself a shiny new lipstick -black cherry, wandered through a lane way that has incredible graffiti art on all of its walls, went to Chinatown for a bowl of pho and home. My brother made me pancakes the next day… so it is good to have a birthday bit like that. BUT wish there was someone there too. xxx happy birthday gorgeous.

  3. cat9984 says:

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had it under control. Congrats. 😁

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    I hope it’s a good birthday for you!

  5. markbialczak says:

    You really have a lot of people spread out over the world that are with you in spirit, Austin.

  6. AAristizabal says:

    Happy birthday yet again, Modern Philosopher! Having a date with yourself can be both healing and soothing, so enjoy it; because in due time, you will be celebrating in good company! Best!

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