I even avoided letting too many people get to know me. I didn’t see the same hair stylist more than 1 or 2 times before moving to the next one. I would choose the big gyms and spas where I could be anonymous. Somehow believing that by getting to know these people and letting them get to know meant that I was not as independent and free.
So when I decided to work for myself, I really embraced the solo part of solopreneur.
But the truth is that we need each other. Human beings are pack animals. Community and companionship is important for safety and for our mental health (among other things).
Over the last several years, I’ve surrendered to the idea that I need other people (duh).
That I cannot, in fact, do everything myself. (It’s still hard for me to put that into words. I believe it, but that defiant, independent, competitive part of me is throwing up a little as I say it).