End of November – moist, smelling of smoke. Somewhere, a woodpecker at work. The house is warm, an invitation to day-dreaming, memories rewinding and introspection. That certain autumnal melancholic solitude – bearing a slight existential sadness. So different from the hibernal phlegmatic solitude accompanied by an aloofness as cold as the ice that designed the models on the window.
Apart from the customary 9 months upon my arrival in this world, my very first experience with losing gravity inside a body of water was at Baile Felix (Oradea, Romania) when I was 8 years old. To lose contact with the ground and let your feet do the first desperate kicking, in order to maintain yourself above water is to find, or more likely, to regain a new skill that can give you, for the rest of your life – even while naked -, one of the most satisfying super-powers on Earth. If you strip humans from clothes, gadgets, or any other advanced (internet savvy) technology, the other powerful things left to do is run, jump, walk or crawl.
- Solitude is the state of being alone without being lonely. It is a positive and constructive state of engagement with oneself.
- Solitude is desirable, a state of being alone where you provide yourself wonderful and sufficient company.
- Solitude is a time that can be used for reflection, inner searching or growth or enjoyment of some kind.
- Deep reading requires solitude, so does experiencing the beauty of nature. Thinking and creativity usually do too.
PHOTO: BECCA PURICE
WHY WE TRAVEL
We no longer travel because it is “the thing” to go abroad. Just at present, as a matter of fact, it is more fashionable to stay at home. But – means permitting – we must travel, and this is for the following reasons:
to get away from things
to realize the limitation of our own views.
to be able to improve conditions at home
to appreciate the various kinds of beauty in the world
to find our level internationally
to have something to talk about it
to have something to look back upon.
and last, but not least, in order
… to appreciate home.
Photo: BECCA PURICE