Solitude; the fortress of introspection.



The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.


It has been quite some days in the making for this particular post. I actually had to experience it all over again to expose the true emotions that surround this state of our body. Only once you go through it, one tends to realize how bad our mind wanted this. Solitude is often misunderstood for a very dissimilar and vague state, which is loneliness. The difference not only is quite alarming but the effects these two mental states also have on one’s body and mind are mind-boggling. Hard to believe, yet true.

Solitude can be defined in two ways; one through the eyes of one who sees the glass of water half full and one who notices it is half empty. People who belong in the first category know what solitude is. The latter is confused between loneliness and solitude. Solitude is the state of being alone. It is the art of enjoying your own company. People, in general, do think others who find being confined within a room alone as the best gift ever, are probably socially awkward and quirky humans. This is a general misconception. Enjoying solitude is something I would suggest every single person in this world should just try. Being alone has many perks to it.

Solitude is often compared to loneliness and solitary confinement. Solitude is the individual’s choice. It is when you decide to talk a long walk by yourself, or drive down the coast alone, or just listen to music and watch the sun set down on the horizon, again alone. We choose our own company to share those scenarios with. Whereas loneliness is when people who matter to us, ditch us and make us in a state of solitary by force. There is a third party in the action in such cases. We, by choice, opt to spend time with someone other than ourselves, yet we end up being alone due to their ignorance. Solitary confinement is more like imprisoning an individual by themselves in a room due to some sort of mental trauma or agitation. Not the best way to be treating the insane, but this is what is done to keep them out of trouble. Mind you, it is not just the insanity that makes one suitable for solitary confinement. Remember Dr. Hannibal Lecter?

But why solitude? Most of us may not like spending time without anyone around. There are people who energize themselves only with people around them. Extroverts would not find this concept even remotely plausible. According to me, every single individual needs a minimum of two hours alone to themselves. Now in these two hours, he/she can do whatever they think is right, but it is the fact of being by oneself that actually plays the protagonist here. Humans tend to think and bring clarity to many unresolved issues only when they are free of their own worries and the distracting thoughts others discuss with them. Why do we think the most when we are by ourselves in the bathroom? Have you ever thought why? It has the simplest of explanations. Being alone helps you relax and feel safe. You are in your comfort zone and that is the only time one can honestly say their individuality is at its peak. Solitude brings back crystallinity into your life.

If I had to write a manual on how to make dummies understand the importance of solitude, this would be it. Leave your family, your friends, your lover, take the longest walk you have ever taken alone, think about your life and where you see yourself in this world of ours. There is nothing more to understand the concept of life. It is this simple to even review your actions till now. All you have to do is spend at least an hour a day by yourself. Listen to music, go on long drives, walk in the woods, eat under the moonlight, all alone. Help yourself understand you better. Once you do understand yourself truly, your individuality will resonate the greatness that was once immersed inside of you. So, do not hold yourself back from feeling to take a trip all by yourself, because that leap of faith might actually be the best thing that ever happened to you.







A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.


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