Where do I go when I want solitude? Well, here’s the thing, I THRIVE off of solitude. Too many people, too much noise and too much chaos really irritates me. I can take people, noise and chaos in limited amounts, when I can prepare myself for them. I work in a very chaotic and crowded environment, though it thankfully has some quiet moments for me to be able to regroup. As soon as I leave work, I walk and go to the open-air flea market stalls to be able to dig around in piles of stuff, occasionally finding a gem or two, and not have to talk to anyone. This is my retreat if I need some solitude, thrift shopping or going to a trade fair (pre-pandemic). My husband cannot understand how I can spend hours in a market all alone without getting bored. I don’t, I have freedom to go where I want, to linger or to pick up and leave, because I don’t have to think of someone else.
Solitude is freedom.