The Art of Solitude. #StyledByMarina
What is your take on being alone?
Some value and enjoy the time spent being in their own company,
Others fear the sheer idea of solitude and loneliness.
No matter if it's a casual Sunday afternoon stroll down my favorite little alley downtown,
A peaceful, sunshine October morning spent at a local coffee shop with my go-to order - a strong cup of hot Americano,
A lazy day-off in bed mindlessly watching whatever TV shows they have to offer on Netflix.
Or it is times like right now, sitting in my office writing a blog post with nothing else on my mind.
I find these moments so important yet so easily ignored by us.
American Poet May Sarton once said loneliness is the poverty of self,
Solitude is the richness of self. I couldn't have put it better myself.
Society is like a boring Television show on re-run,
filled with white noises, opinions, rules, and regulations.
Somehow a long time ago someone set a rule for all humanity that we must befriend each other,
Ultimately get yourself a companion, get married, build a family and produce offsprings.
And we just kept on going and going and going,
Chasing after the life we are "supposed" to live.
While all of that seems anything but bad.
Few of us truly stop for a second and listen to the voice deep down in our heart,
Let me ask you this:
Are you easily convinced by all those around you?
Are you prone to seek others' opinions without even asking yourself first?
Do you constantly seek and build your confidence in others' approval?
Have you given up what you love to do a long time ago in order to fit in?
Who are you?
Who am I?
What do you wanna do with your life?
Are you alive, or are you just existing?
It is a simple question but we might not even be able to find the answer in this lifetime.
Well, perhaps there are no right answers, it is for you to create your own.
Every once in a while, stop what you are doing, and spend a little time with no one but yourself.
Let yourself immerse in your own thoughts and be aware of your own fullness.
You are more than enough, you can be as creative as you want, as happy as you like,
most importantly, you are able to be YOU.
Through these solitary moments, you are rid of all those titles society used to define you:
a wife, a husband, an employee, a business partner, a student or a teenager.
You can just be you, or whatever you want to be.
Solitude is independence,
you are able to emancipate yourself from irrelevant opinions,
Stop being self-conscious and start feeling confident,
Stop restraining your mind and start creating.
I should know because I have come to love my own company, find time for myself in this hectic yet incredible world we live in. And that's when the magic happens, that's when I find myself.
" Solitude is creativity's best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls."
- Naomi Judd, American Singer-Songwriter
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