Solitude is not loneliness.

If you enjoy the company of yourself, you will never be alone.

Date: 2012
Location: Schilthorn, Switzerland

After a gravity-defying vernacular ride at angles that my mind couldn’t comprehend, I reached a platform that seemed almost impossible to build. You walk all around, and all you see are these gentle white giants. With the most imposing stature, they gazed down.

The clouds moved, as if on their tippy toes. Slowly, gracefully, deliberate. Like a hypnotic dance, with smiling dimples, twirling around you, turn after turn. Where are you going? You ask. I’m going nowhere. I’m just dancing. The clouds chirp.

They say mountains move; you just can’t see it. But you can feel it. You can feel the calm rhythmic breath, growing wiser year after year as they stand witness to the world and all of its silliness. If you try to close your eyes, and breathe in tandem, there is a strange elation of strength, faith and humility to keep calm and carry on.

Are we really alone anywhere in the world?

Sometimes, we see someone sitting in a restaurant by themselves. And we think, “Oh, why are they alone?”

There is always a non-intrusive way just to say, “I’m here if you need me.” You know, just in case the lone ranger is really feeling down or low on that day. Try, “Hey, all good? Shout if you need anything yeah.” or “Hey, come join us whenever you’re feeling bored.”

What’s more common however: “Hey, why don’t you come sit with us?” “Why are you sitting by yourself?” These statements imply a judgment that, “Oh, they must be alone because they don’t have anyone to be with.”

Are they really alone? Maybe they’re enjoying their own company.

Don’t label, don’t judge. Just simply, be there.

Solitude is not loneliness.




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