Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Relief In Solitude

Freedom, in my eyes, involves settling into the void, a place where no one can detect me, being able to disappear and feel that I don't exist to others. Freedom involves breaking free of the chains and shackles that emanate from the awareness of others; it involves no longer feeling self-conscious. There is such relief in being alone.

 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I completely agree. Most of the people I know look forward to being with others, while we look forward to being alone!

Anonymous said...

Likewise. I read once someone remarking that extroverts gain energy from being around other people, whilst the energy is sapped from introverts whilst being around others. I find it easy to spend time alone, reading about interesting things, and gaining energy and excitement from my reading and research. The longer I am around other people, the more agitated and anxious I seem to become.

Hypothetical said...

Anon #1, so true.

Anon #2, yes, I've read similar things. It's too bad I didn't know of this literature while I was growing up; then again, I suppose we all ultimately have to figure ourselves out on our own.

AmongTheRuins said...

I'm not sure how long such literature has existed! Most of what I have read has been fairly recently written - within the past 10 years.
I love your perfect description in this post.

Hypothetical said...

AmongTheRuins, you're probably right. At least, I haven't seen a whole lot of helpful literature.

Jimbo said...

I suspect that visitors of this blog as well as many others, would very much sometimes like to be invisible, some for different reasons of course. Speaking for myself, I've often imagined what it would be like I think because I've always preferred observation over interaction which would seem to make sense for an introvert, because well, watching people can give you a lot to think about if you're up for it, which I guess I am. Having said that, interaction with that right person or people can definitely be worth it

Zeri Kyd said...

Jim, true; observation is great, but getting to know how others see the world -- and getting to know how skewed our own way of looking at it is -- would be impossible without interacting somewhat.