Loneliness vs. Solitude and the Quiet Spaces In Between

Edward Hopper Painting

Since I was diagnosed with RA, I have been more understanding with myself and my own body. This often means that rather than staying out, or going to get a post-work happy hour, or making social commitments back-to-back like I was so used to doing, I make more time for me to just relax.

I cherish this time to myself to read a book or take a bath or catch up on a TV show that no one else cares to watch (Glee!). This time is beautiful solitude.

But there are times, when having to turn down plans because I’m too tired, or just adding up all that solitude turns into something else. Suddenly, I’m not basking in the self-indulgence of my “me” time, I’m agitated and wishing someone was there with me, or that I was anywhere else.

I came across this article in Psychology Today, 10 Quotations and Reflections on Loneliness, that really rang true for me.

In case you don’t follow the link, here’s one quote to leave you with:

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” —Honoré de Balzac

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