The art of solitude is the art being alone well. We spend so much of our time giving ourselves away to others or giving ourselves away to distractions. But there is a real need for real solitude. Being alone, without interruption.
Solitude is where we imagine new ideas, art and innovative solutions. Solitude is where we become aware of the details of our own self, when we can be totally immersed with what we are doing. Solitude is pure freedom. An escape from commitments, responsibility and pressure. It’s when we can truly be ourselves.
We need to carve some more solitude out in our regular routine. Find our moments. Find space to be present with ourselves so we can appreciate our relationships more deeply.
While on the one hand coffee is communal – a shared experience between the earth, the farmer, the roaster and the consumer – it is also the perfect opportunity for blissful solitude. Those precious moments, whether in your car or in your cubicle, before the day and all its endless enterprise arrives at your feet. Before your kids rush you, or your phone lights up.
Sit. Drink. Be quiet. Be you.
Enjoy the opposite of your always. It’s not anti-social, it’s pro-solitude.