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Are there any hidden gems embedded in solitude?

Nov 7, 2023
Kshitij Kumar Srivastava
Core Spirit member since Oct 15, 2023
Reading time 2 min.

Human beings have an inherent desire for companionship. When we find ourselves alone, our inner struggles often emerge, compelling us to seek the presence of others as a means to confront these challenges.
Try spending a day or two in solitude, and you’ll notice how negative thoughts can easily overwhelm you. Prolonged periods of being alone can be daunting unless one possesses exceptional self-discipline.

This becomes evident when faced with a demanding task – our confidence often soars when we have someone accompanying us, in contrast to tackling it alone. The presence of another person often serves as a shield for our fears. Even when we are not in the company of people, we engage in activities like listening to music or watching movies to escape or distract ourselves from negative thoughts.

Our difficulty with solitude can hinder our ability to experience life to its fullest and discover its true essence. Many of us feel unfulfilled because we are often unwilling to confront the challenges that solitude presents. While companionship can help us avoid these challenges, it cannot provide a true sense of fulfillment.

In the modern era, we tend to underestimate the value of solitude. It’s stigmatized, and we often judge or pity those who are alone, wrongly assuming that they are missing out on life. It’s not that everyone should be alone, but when we seek companionship, it should be a conscious choice based on wisdom rather than driven by a fear of loneliness.

The impact of solitude varies from person to person. Some individuals handle it well, while others struggle immensely. Paradoxically, those who are comfortable with solitude often form healthier and stronger relationships with others. In contrast, relationships can become toxic and overly dependent when individuals seek external sources to find contentment, which is a path to dissatisfaction.

While people may not openly express it, deep down, anyone who is not content within their relationship knows it. Everyone aspires to achieve greatness, but many settle for less ambitious or mediocre paths due to their avoidance of solitude, which avoids posing challenging introspective questions.

But what if we attempted to spend time alone and confront our inner struggles? What if there’s greatness waiting for us on the other side? The moment we embrace solitude, we can become the masters of our own lives. Just as rulers earn the title of ‘king’ through both external conquests and conquering their inner demons.

“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” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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