Monday, July 1, 2013

Seeking Solitude

Sometimes I need to be alone. Just me and an uncluttered mind. No phone, no laptop, no email, no people. No radio or television. No housework or undone projects hanging over my head. No appointments, grocery shopping, or errands waiting to be done. No responsibility other than to myself and definitely no pressure from the expectations of others.

I'm normally an extrovert, but when life gets stressful I crave the quietness and peace that comes from solitude. It can be difficult to turn off my brain because I'm always making lists in my head or creating new ideas. Being alone helps me focus and think more clearly.

You'd think that retirement would give me lots of solitude. It's true that I should have more control of my time, but it seems like I'm doing more than ever. Camping, hobbies, family, and home improvements come with their own set of distractions and to do lists.

I need to work on setting boundaries and priorities. After all, I shouldn't feel guilty for needing time for myself. It's the best way to recharge my batteries and energize my spirit. I'd like a week at the beach, but I'll settle for a day at home with no interruptions. 

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body - nourishment and refreshment.” William Penn

“How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?” – Mary Doria Russell