Solitude. Not loneliness.

L->R (Clockwise): Muhammad Ali training under water, Dean Karnazes running an ultra-marathon and Nelson Mandela.

1. Loneliness emphasizes pain. The sorrow of being alone. But on the other hand, solitude expresses the glory of being alone. Every time I’m alone, I ask myself, so what is it going to be boss, loneliness or solitude? Are we going to crib and loath in self-pity or use this opportunity to become more awesome. I’ve noticed that I get most of my ideas and inspiration when I’m on my own. Whether its a long run, sitting in the library and working on a Saturday night or even when I walk back home after a nice swim. It scares me sometimes, but I remind myself of Ali jogging alone in the streets of Africa, Lance cycling by himself through the Alps, Dean running solo across deserts and Nelson Mandela sitting in his solitary cell on Robben Island. And I’m not scared anymore.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
~ William Ernest Henley

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