Over at Live and Love....Out Loud, they are doing a fun photography challenge and the theme for this week is "Solitude". I totally love this theme and I'm jumping on board! Setting out time for solitude, time for me to be alone and hear myself think is something that I need. Carving out time for solitude isn't always easy but, it's almost a necessity for me. Times of quiet rejuvinate me. I crave them and I know that I function better when my life has moments where I can take a deep breath and get geared up for what's next. I've been doing well with finding some "me" time. We recently signed up at our local gym and my time of solitude for the last few days has been at the gym, in the early morning, while my husband and children are still sleeping.
I've been setting my alarm, dragging myself out of bed, getting a huge cup of coffee and heading out. When I told my husband that I drink coffee on the treadmill, instead of water, the look he gave me was priceless. Apparently, that isn't normal but, I honestly don't really care.
I don't have pictures to show what solitude at the gym is like but, I'm going to share a few pictures that I've taken in the past that also represent solitude to me. I looked up what solitude means and this is what Wikipedia said:
"Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e., lack of contact with people. It may stem from bad relationships, deliberate choice, infectious disease, mental disorders, neurological disorders or circumstances of employment or situation (see castaway).
Short-term solitude is often valued as a time when one may work, think or rest without being disturbed. It may be desired for the sake of privacy."
The world seemed quieter to me a few weeks ago when we had snow. Our porch had icicles on it and that is super rare for us.
One of my favorite places to enjoy quiet is outside, by myself. I don't get out and dig in our flower beds as much as I would like to and I'm going to have to get used to having my little helpers, help me more. But being outside, when it's quiet, is wonderful.
So, what about you? Where do you find solitude?