I’m not the best at speaking out loud. It takes me time to form my thoughts into words sometimes, and I often stumble over myself when I try to explain a concept to others.
That’s because I still have much to learn.
So, I’m spending this time trying to uncover knowledge, and the unwritten words buried deep within my mind.
For many of us, buried somewhere beneath the mounds of anxiety spread throughout the world, clarity is still waiting to be unearthed.
And clarity can be achieved through solitude, not through the constant barrage of information thrown at us every minute of the day.
Checking our phones constantly doesn’t really help us or anyone else.
Here are some practical suggestions for bringing back a little clarity into your life:
- Go on a walk (if you can find a place far from others)
- Color (seriously, it’s relaxing)
- Read a good book
- Write, especially about how you’re feeling
The important things involve moving your body, feeding your brain with good stories (preferably from physical books), and creating things.
Each of us has an unknown amount of time left on this earth. No matter what we do, we can’t control it.
I don’t know when my last day will be.
But I do know that I want to spend whatever time I have left putting good things into my mind and body, and contributing positive things into the world.
What will you do to get back your clarity?
Solitude = alone with your thoughts.
Social media = alone with everyone else’s thoughts.
In the former, you arrive at conclusions based on what you are thinking.
In the latter, you arrive at conclusions based on what everyone else is thinking.
Solitude shapes your opinion by forcing you to spend quality time inside your own head.
Social media shapes your opinion by baking it inside an echo chamber created by algorithms.
That’s not to say there isn’t value in what other people say.
Quite the opposite. Challenging your own perspective is important for the global discussion.
But, what value is there in being reactive?
An approach like this doesn’t take all perspectives into account, nor does it take the time to get to the heart of the issue.
And is it worth spending so much time analyzing what someone else says, anyway?
Maybe. If what they say affects your life.
But, most things people say don’t.
So, why do you listen to them?
Right now, you might feel confused, constricted or frustrated.
You might find yourself facing the crossroads of solitude and isolation.
There is a difference:
Solitude is being alone without being lonely.
Isolation is being lonely whether or not you’re alone.
In the last decade or so, solitude has become a luxury, an afterthought, or something in between.
Now it’s a necessity.
Walking alone with your thoughts, being in nature, letting the sun fill your body, mind and soul.
That is life.
Doing good, focused work that helps someone else.
That is also life.
In the social media age, minutes pass while anxiety builds. There comes a point when the amount of information we consume starts to lose its value–especially if it’s one-sided.
Spending hours scrolling through social media feeds to get the latest on the latest, or binge watching Netflix in order to escape the cold, hard realities of life: that’s simply waiting for the inevitable.
This is a rare opportunity. Don’t waste it distracting yourself from yourself.
Right now, you can choose solitude or isolation.
So, which will it be?