Solitude, a state of being in closest vicinity with one’s own self. Though sounds similar but, there is a subtle difference between solitude and loneliness. While loneliness is something imposed on us by others, we choose to be in solitude.
Solitude is something we can rarely afford these days. With my mobile by my side, laptop showing full Wi-Fi access, I never find myself in the blissful state of solitude. Solitude means to enjoy those passions which make me feel lighter, which make me understand myself better. And that evolves from an inner richness, a vivid introspection. The tranquility, which is the quintessence of solitude, throbs in delight and exuberant bubbles of imagination float in jubilation. Yes, solitude does help us to open our minds. The blaring sounds of our mundane existence, the nitty-gritty of daily life….build a distance with our hearts. It’s solitude which zeroes that distance whispering the truth of our souls to us.
Solitude frees us from all the harnesses imposed by life and society. “I’m myself” in solitude and I don’t need to pose or pretend to others. Aren’t we pretending in one way or another every day to match our existence, to suit ourselves in the best possible way in this society? Solitude comes as a blessing. It ameliorates that agony of soul by developing our dreams. Dreams which can only be seen when inner truth knocks the door of the heart, solitude acting as a conduit.
One can be in solitude in the wilderness. Feeling the Nature, listening to the murmuring of the winds, observing the cerulean sky and realizing that life is beautiful. But it’s not always necessary that you’ve to leave the homely corner to enjoy your solitude. Sit alone and wait and think, the ecstatic world of solitude will unmask itself slowly. It could make you confront yourself, present before you a new “me” who was yet unknown to you, but, it will make you feel whole unto yourself.
We are all social animals. We love company of other human beings, but there always resides somewhere, inside us, a closed room which opens itself up only in solitude. It’s the room where the true self resides and the sunshine of solitude rejuvenates that soul.
“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre