Since November, I’ve had family staying with me. For the most part, I really enjoy our times together. We cook meals, watch movies, attend events and visit with other family members and friends. My son is getting ready to leave for Europe and his winter visit will be over. I will miss him terribly.
However, after 3 months, I’m ready to get back to my old routine.
I do love my quiet times and solitude. Einstein said “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” I’m one who could easily spend days or months without meeting or speaking with others. Some say it’s easy to become isolated when you stop making efforts to socialize.
For me, time alone provides an opportunity for deep personal reflection and allows for a chance to rejuvenate and re-energize. After a winter of home sharing, socializing and work meetings, I don’t think I need to worry about becoming isolated – even if I take some extended down time just for my own wellness and serenity.