“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
– Henry David Thoreau,
I find I’m becoming more introverted as I get older. Friends and family, who know me well, will tell you that I am an extrovert to a power of ten. I love people. But more and more, I feel I need to love people quietly. More and more, I feel I need to draw into my own small circle with those I love most and just be together.
I long for a time when I can visit long and deep with a good friend, maybe two. I long to meet with some of the wonderful men and women that modern technology has brought into my life. But so few. So very few. It seems, sadly, that the only place I can visit with those people is in a very bright, very loud café, constantly interrupted. I want to focus on the heart of my companion, to talk about meaningful things, to laugh together, or to sit in silent contemplation, joining hearts and hands, making memories that sustain us both.
I want to be far from the hubbub that is current society. It’s all too loud, too angry, too brash, too rude. I feel wounded and I need to make sense of it all. Here. In solitude.
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” – Albert Camus
But I leave the door open to kind-hearted friends and acquaintances who want to come to call – through this space and in real life.