Recently I found a website/blog called Zenhabits. One of the posts that I liked is called the Lost Art of Solitude! The post talks about how solitude is one of the most important thing artists need to create art! Or rather, any creative person needs time away from the general society.I agree with this wholeheartedly! I create best when I stay away from people ! I might sound unsocial or reclusive but I have found that when I am interacting too much with people, I somehow lose that edge I need to create.Maybe I am one of those people who can't compartmentalize......When I am out and about with friends or family too much, I am emotionally too exhausted to actually focus and reach deep down within myself that holds the well of creativity! Silence makes me eloquent! Is it true for you too? Do you feel that by being still you are able to speak more?
I have a feeling that I am creating less now that the Holiday season is here. I am out and about too much! When I am not really "out" I am thinking of the stuff that I need to do before I have to get out again! Saying "no" to all the engagements that takes us away from our art is perhaps not possible.... But I am looking forward to maybe staying away from society for next couple days...At least till the weekend, when I will be sucked into the vortex of merry making...... Let me end with this quote:
“I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.” ~ Thoreau
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