Do you live in your own world?

If so, you’re probably an introvert — a person who tends to focus their psychic energy toward the inner world.

And your inner world is probably richer and more colorful than that of most people.

But here’s the thing: ultimately, everyone lives in their own world.

My perception of the outside world will never be identical to yours. Yours will never be identical to that of, say, your friends. Even if you share the same views.

So really, someone who “lives in their own world” is simply a person who sees the world in a unique way.

This can be healthy or unhealthy.

Is it bad to live in your own world?

Woman meditating

Some of the greatest artists, philosophers, and even scientists in history used to basically live in their own world.

This allowed them to create and discover freely, without all the distractions of the outside world.

Some of them were eccentric; some were a little crazy, and not always in a good way. Michelangelo and Beethoven come to mind.

Now, for most people, I think living in your own world is usually a good thing, and it’s all about balance.

You don’t want to have social phobia, and you definitely don’t want to be completely detached from the real world.

But having a different perspective and focusing your energy on what you want (rather than on societal expectations) is… pretty cool.

Living in your own world gives you the opportunity to:

  • Avoid mediocrity
  • Avoid noise, stress, and drama
  • Be yourself
  • Use your imagination
  • Cultivate your passions
  • Learn to be independent

Hermit mode (deliberately spending a few days in isolation) is a good example of this. So are the so-called spiritual retreats.

Sometimes you just want to take a break from the outside world and focus all your energy on your goals, dreams, and passions. Or even just your own thoughts.

You don’t want to do this all the time (we are human beings and social interactions are, after all, a basic need).

And you should never live in your own world because of fear of or dissatisfaction with the real world, or your inability to adapt to it.

But your own world, whatever it looks like, can be amazing. And for some introverts, it’s one of the fundamental ways to recharge, grow, and become a better person.

I live in my own world quotes

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.

Rita Mae Brown

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

Lewis Carroll

Fitting in allows you to blend in with everyone else, but being different allows you to be yourself, to be unique and to be more creative.

Sonya Parker

People think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand.

Elvis Presley

I like to go into a little shell and be a hermit and make music for a while.

Delta Goodrem

If you learn to really sit with loneliness and embrace it for the gift that it is — an opportunity to get to know you, to learn how strong you really are, to depend on no one but you for your happiness — you will realize that a little loneliness goes a long way in creating a richer, deeper, more vibrant and colorful you.

Mandy Hale

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

Aldous Huxley

Whoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.


I thought not fitting in was something I had to fix. Now I see it as my superpower.

Maxime Lagacé

Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.

Criss Jami

Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living.

Albert Einstein

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and future.

Laurie Helgoe

You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.

Robert Greene

I am as apolitical as possible. I don’t hang out with too many people. I am a loner. For the most part, when I show up, I read a book or work on my computer, and stay out of everybody else’s way.

Eric Bischoff

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

Edith Sitwell

There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our own air castles undisturbed.

Washington Irving

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.

Emma Bombeck

I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest, and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.

Alan Watts

I didn’t have any friends at school; I didn’t want any. I felt better being alone. I sat on a bench and watched the others play, and they looked foolish to me.

Charles Bukowski

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Stephen Covey