I never minded being on my own

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I never minded being on my own

means

I did not mind being alone.

Being Alone

Being on your own

means

being alone

Different Forms with different Pronouns

I like being on my own.
You like being on your own.
He likes being on his own.
She likes being on her own.
We like being on our own.
They like being on their own.

Question

Do you like being on your own?

Loneliness

Some people like to be alone but some people do not like to be alone. The feeling of being alone when you do not want to be alone is called “loneliness”.

Do you feel lonely?

Being alone and being lonely are not the same. Being alone means not having company. It is a physical state or condition of not being with anybody else. Being lonely is an emotion. It means feeling the desire for the company of others.

Being Alone in a Crowd

Sometimes even when you are with a crowd of people, it is possible to feel lonely. This is because the feeling of intimacy or emotional closeness does not come just from physically being with another person. It comes from the feeling of sympathy or compassion or solidarity that another person can give.

Have you ever felt lonely even though you were surrounded by people?

An old-fashioned poetic word for “lonely” is “lonesome”.

Are you lonesome tonight?

The Film – “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children”

In the Film – “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” the soundtrack has a song called “Wish you were here” which contains the line:

I never minded being on my own.

In this sentence the word “minded” is a verb in past simple tense. It is also a noun in the same song. We hear the line:

You are always on my mind.

The singer repeats the line:

You are always on my mind.You are always on my mind.You are always on my mind.

Listen to the song and try to pick out the lines:

I never minded being on my own.

You are always on my mind.

“Own” has several meanings

The meanings of “own” are complicated.

Having, Owning and Possessing

The verb “own” is similar to the verbs “have” and “possess”. Read more about them at this link:
Having, Owning and Possessing

A Common Combination

In English it is common to say:

Do you own your own car?

Do you own your own house?

Note that there are two uses of “own” in this sentence. There is the verb “own” and also the adjective “own”.

The Verb “Mind”

The verb “mind” means “to be bothered” or “care”.

I don’t mind.
I don’t care.
It doesn’t bother me.
I am not bothered.

The Noun “Mind”

The word “mind” is usually a noun for example in the phrase:
You are always on my mind.

which means:

I am always thinking of you.

Are you out of your mind?
Have you lost your mind?
Are you crazy?
Have you gone mad?

The Human Mind

Professor Emilia Proudhorn has written an essay on the nature of the human mind. You can read it at this link:The Human Mind

Breathing and the Human Mind

Your state of ind is connected to your breathing.

You can read about this topic at this link: Breathing and the Mind

Listen and Write

The Water Car

Vocabulary Lessons

Having, Owning and Possessing

List of Vocabulary Links

Grammar Lessons

Adjectives

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