"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."--Aristotle
"I'm not anti-social; I'm pro-solitude."--Beth Buelow
"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."--C. S. Lewis
"One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude."--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I've been spending a lot of time alone lately. Even though I'm really high on the introvert scale, I've always equated excessive time alone with loneliness. It's only been recently that I've understood that being alone is vital to my well-being. I didn't realize that inspiration is easier to allow in solitude. I didn't realize that I can hear myself think more clearly when I sit alone and quietly.
Solitude and silence stimulate my creative mind, and since creativity is my heart's blood, I need to do everything in my power to keep that heart's blood flowing. It doesn't mean that I don't want to be around people at all.
As the quote from Beth Buelow says, "I'm not anti-social, I'm just pro-solitude." Being around other people is also important to me. I need to feel valued and cared for by other people so that I can continue to care for myself.
I walk a thin line between the solitude and society because I do indeed need them both. They may even need me. it is what it is.
Remember listen to your heart and soul. They will never steer you wrong.