Quote of the Week: Solitude


"In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone." - Rollo May

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” – Rollo May

I love this quote, particularly as an introvert.

I love solitude. Unlike the stereotypical extravert – for whom alone time can actually be draining – solitude for me is wonderful.

The challenge is not engaging with solitude once there.

The challenge is carving out the time to enter that quiet place to begin with.

Yet I know that when I do it, I feel more grounded. Better grounding tends to lead to reduced stress, which can only be helpful for creativity.

Finding both the time and the desire for solitude may well be an ongoing challenge, but it’s definitely one worth accepting.

It may mean laying down less important distractions, getting up earlier in the morning, or physically withdrawing from a busy lifestyle.

Yet it shouldn’t be to the detriment of what’s important — family, friends, work — but instead becomes a positive force for enhancing the other aspects of our lives.

Solitude doesn’t have to come with fancy rituals. Just take yourself away from distractions, relax, and enjoy your own company. Let your mind wander, or focus on something creative — it’s up to you.

How do you practice solitude, and how has it helped your creative life?