Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation from people. Solitude is often confused with loneliness which is far from correct. Loneliness is a state of being unhappy when one is alone and is seeking company, solitude on the other hand is a state of breaking contact with the other world willfully so that one can introspect and have some time by oneself.
“In this world, there are things you can only do alone and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.”- Haruki Murakami
In today’s world of competition and rat race people need solitude all the more. Sometimes the answers we seek are within ourselves. We just have to introspect. In the midst of people, it is not possible to do so. Therefore we must sometimes seek solitude. When we become surrounded by too many people it becomes difficult to devote time to ourselves.
We shouldn’t be so much drowned in the affairs of the world that we have no time for ourselves. If we do so we slowly begin to become unaware of our own existence and try to live our life always seeking others’ approval. We should be aware of our life. Sometimes a person needs a little privacy from the outer world so that he may pursue what he might think necessary being alone and undisturbed. Absence of solitude is sometimes the cause of stress and anxiety.
Solitude is a period where one can truly know oneself. Many artists and writers have reached their peak of creativity in solitude. In solitude sometimes there is bliss. Man’s mind is tranquil only in solitude.
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude”- Aldous Huxley