Solitude

Solitude is inspired by DailyPost: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/solitude/

What does it mean to be lonely? How do we connect with other people, particularly if we do not find it easy talking to others? Is technology helping with this, such as drawing us closer together or trapping us behind pixelated screens?

Loneliness can be a dark place; a person doesn’t need to be on their own or isolated to feel lonely. Surrounded by people frequently, feeling as if you can see them by cannot reach them.  A touch jolts you like a lightning bolt, but is that touch a connection or invitation? Loneliness, a feeling of dire hunger while every being around you is feasting and celebrating the joy of satisfaction. It is difficult to confess and can run deep into the fabric of a person; its best friend is depression and they frequently hang out together.

But solitude is different. It is not loneliness or fear or depression. Solitude is quiet contemplation somewhere chosen. A mill pond with ducks, a rushing shoreline with the sea sweeping your bare feet, a corner in a library with a book; solitude is sought after. Soaking in a warm scented bath or a cuddle on the sofa while the kids are out.  Solitude is singular and desired.

Cities can be lonely places, all those people but a sense of invisibility persists. Loneliness doesn’t necessarily require physical solitude, but an absence or paucity of connection, kinship.  In some circumstances invisibility can be a source of satisfaction. There are kinds of solitude that provide a respite from loneliness. Solitude provides escapism, space and, conversely, an opportunity to be solitary with others.  Collective solitude.

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