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.