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The concept came to me as soon as I realized that I am a solitary person by nature. I feel like most people are like golden unicorns and I am a goat with a rainbow beard, but still a goat. Well, I sort of knew that already years ago but because I was young back then (and you know the thing about young people, we have this certain urge to fit in), I tried to push the idea at back of my head. Or maybe I hid it somewhere, under the drawer together with some embarrassing photographs and journal entries from high school. Lone Wolf (n.) As an animal, a lone wolf is a wolf that lives independently rather than with others as a member of a pack.
In the animal kingdom, lone wolves are typically older wolves driven from the pack, perhaps by the breeding male, or young adults in search of new territory. Many young wolves between the ages of 1 and 4 years leave their family to search for a pack of their own (this has the effect of preventing inbreeding), as in typical wolf packs there is only one breeding pair. Some wolves will simply remain lone wolves; as such, these lone wolves may be stronger, more aggressive and far more dangerous than the average wolf that is a member of a pack. However, lone wolves have difficulty hunting, as wolves’ favorite prey, large ungulates, are nearly impossible for a single wolf to bring down alone. Instead, lone wolves will generally hunt smaller animals and scavenge carrion. Occasionally, a lone wolf will encounter another lone wolf of the opposite sex, and the two may start a new pack.
As a person, a lone wolf is an individual who prefers solitude... or who works alone.
In literature, lone wolves are aloof and emotionally unable or unwilling to directly interact with other characters in the story. A stereotypical lone wolf will be dark or serious in personality; they are often taciturn, and will distinguish themselves through their reserved nature.
Well, I can't say that I can fully relate to what Wikipedia has to say, but you know, there are different levels of solitude as there are different kinds of people in this world. I am not an introvert, I just can't see myself that way. I might be a little too introspective and I might think about all sorts of things but I am not lonely. So I guess the term "Lone Wolf" isn't something that has a negative meaning to me. Maybe I just don't consider myself as a person who is desperately in need of someone else's company for most of the time. Or maybe I'm really just a goat with a rainbow beard.