In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone. ~ Rollo May
Why did this quote stand out to me? Why share it here?
I guess I think about solitude a lot. I do my best work (or so I think) when I’m alone. When I have the freedom from distractions, fear of judgement, and flexibility to explore as I see fit, my mind does one of my favorite things. It wanders. I become creative. I do struggle with the constructive use of that solitary time often. I tend to get distracted. I have hundreds of things I’m interested in, piles of books I’m reading, art projects stacked to the ceiling, and I’m always hungry (so I often get distracted making snacks).
I do also think that a lot of people are afraid of being alone. Solitude can be hard sometimes, for many reasons. Often our minds go to places that make us uncomfortable, be that fear of failure, regret for past choices, or even just nervousness. The reasons are many and likely similar… but different for everyone.
So, I think, while we need to be strong and spend time alone and in solitude. We also need to remember that solitude isn’t forever. Those things we explore and find in those times can be brought back to the our communities and perhaps even explored then in more deep and interesting ways.
Two sides to the same coin, solitude and being comfortable in it. And remembering that it should come to an end at some point.