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On Solitude

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BEING ALONE can be exhausting, can be renewing. Some individuals look into a bleak future of solitude, spreading out slowly before them, or feel the quick, searing pain from the unexpected loss of a loved one. Some seem to naturally lean toward a life alone, separated from others and feeling complete freedom and independence. – from https://www.narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/stories-solitude 

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From Darwin to Picasso to Dr. Seuss, our greatest thinkers have often worked in solitude.

Amid the bustle of our lives, it’s easy to lose sight of those moments of solitude that can be so invaluable and rewarding. “Solitude is a crucial and underrated ingredient for creativity,” Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet, told Scientific American. “From Darwin to Picasso to Dr. Seuss, our greatest thinkers have often worked in solitude.”

But the reality and demands of daily life mean we can’t just hightail it to a cabin in the woods like Thoreau for two years. And let’s be honest–many of us simply don’t want that kind of seclusion. A 2014 research study found that people can be so irked by solitude and quiet thinking that they’d rather administer electric shocks to themselves than be left alone with their thoughts.

—from https://www.fastcompany.com/3052061/how-solitude-can-change-your-brain-in-profound-ways 

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Walk in peace!