I know it sounds great on paper that everybody can be happy just with themselves. It's something you can sell to everyone, as, when the dust settles, we are always just by ourselves. I'd like to challenge that idea. I'll use myself as an example. I have a hard time bettering myself just to better myself. I need a reason to do so, i.e. to make myself look better to someone else. I've been eating like shit lately and have gained ~15 pounds as a result (I usually float between 165-175 but I'm up to 180 now). I never felt fully motivated to exercise and lose it until I got the shit whipped out of my by a dominatrix last night (see Vag and FS for details). Though I know nothing about her and we only shared a brief moment together which could ultimately amount to nothing, I still want to better myself because of her. I feel about me and my talents as if I am a tree falling in the forest with no one around when I'm not displaying them actively to the world. I've always been a performer of sorts. I've been the class clown my entire life. I love being the center of (the right) attention. I love standing out (in a good way). All of these things require other people to fulfill. Without them, I feel like I'm missing something. Is that just the psychological makeup of a performance artist? Is that what drives people to perform, while other artists, such as painter or drawers, embrace their particular art form to fulfill some inner need, and any attention garnered from their product is a bonus? Think about it. If I'm perfectly content in my own person, why would I be so driven to get out there and entertain others? Based on that idea, isn't it then impossible for some to be fully happy by themselves?