The Need for Solitude

Usually I couldn’t give two hoots about anything sport related. But, Cadel Evan’s Tour de France victory has really piqued my interest.

Having come eighth in the Tour de France on debut in 2005, followed by fourth in 2006 and then second in 2007 and 2008, Evans is the epitome of dogged determination.

But it is his mental preparation that really got me thinking. Thirty minutes alone, each day of the race was all he requested to be able to clear his head and refocus.

Unlike loneliness, solitude is a constructive, positive state of engagement with yourself. British American novelist, Amelia Barr, perfectly explains:

Solitude is such a potential thing. We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comfort, we get under no other condition…

There’s a lot to be said for deliberately creating a quiet space to hear your own thoughts. To reach deep within yourself and regain perspective.

I’ve always been someone who is happy in their own company. But, as a mum one of the biggest adjustments is the loss of personal space and time to yourself. To find my spot of solitude I get up when the blackbirds start singing and the house is dark and still. I’m at my most creative then. I see more clearly and have my greatest clarity.

Do you seek moments of solitude? Where do you find it?


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