Throughout my life, there have been many times when I have wanted to be left alone. Due to the relative difficulty in obtaining solitude, I have worried that I would forever find it in short supply, and never get as much of it as I hoped for.
Boy was I wrong.
One good thing that has come out of the pandemic of 2020 is an education. I (and likely you, as well) have learned the extents to which social isolation can ever be stretched.
Somehow, the fact that it’s happening to almost everyone increases its magnitude. Social isolation is even more acute when it is shared by everyone you know. I must say I am not acquainted with the virtues of solitude in their most concentrated form.
And now that I’ve learned all I can from them, I am done with them.
Ready to Come Home
Don’t get me wrong: I’m grateful for the prolonged solitude. It has given me the opportunity to order the delicate house of cards that is my perception of my own desires.
Before, people were always rushing in and breaking apart the house before I could determine its true shape. Only in alone time could I truly figure myself out. But I never got enough continuous alone time to figure that out. Recent events have given me the opportunity to complete the puzzle.
Now I’m ready for people again.
How about You?
Perhaps you feel the same way. Or perhaps you’ve been ready for people from the start. Perhaps solitude has no draw for you.
Good for you.
As for me, I’m ready to start making havoc in the real world. There are buttons to push and people to agitate, as well as comfort to give and support to provide.
I want to do it all. So you’ll forgive me if I approach the world with a little more zest now.
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