Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Voluntary Solitary Confinement

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I have a friend who cannot stand to be alone. She always asks me to have my phone by my side every weekend, in case she needs a towerblock to lean on. I asked her what about solitude that she hates. She said that when she’s alone, she’s forced to confront herself and her thoughts. Isn’t time alone with ourselves a welcome relief, instead? Most of our waking time is spent with others. Isn’t it refreshing to be left alone, once in a while?

Alone time for me is a luxury. My solitary confinement is voluntary. It’s the only time I can carry out an honest conversation with myself; it’s when I can do things enjoyed only in solitude - like reading, writing and dreaming.

Being alone does not indicate thinness of existence. What we do in solitary gives color, vibrance and texture to our existence. Our capacity for solitude is what sustains our ability to deliver ourselves fully to another person.


kayni said...

i also love solitude. i even go on hikes on my own. by being by myself, i could think and focus on my goals. some people think i'm weird.

Daddo said...

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

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