By Lionel Fisher
Deciding upon to complement your lifestyles on your own is especially diverse from being “lonely.” In Celebrating Time Alone, Lionel Fisher stocks his own reflections on solitude, introduced into sharp concentration by way of dwelling by myself for 6 years on a distant Pacific Northwest beach.
He vitamins his personal reflections via interviewing women and men in 16 states, in either rural and concrete settings, who've stretched the envelope in their aloneness to Waldenesque proportions.
All the fabric is meant to provide suggestions, idea, confirmation, insights, encouragement, and recommendation on residing good by myself, to aid learn how to use solitude and classes of aloneness for self-discovery and private growth—whether they decide on aloneness or have it thrust on them.
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Picking out to counterpoint your existence on your own is particularly diverse from being “lonely. ” In Celebrating Time by myself, Lionel Fisher stocks his own reflections on solitude, introduced into sharp concentration via dwelling on my own for 6 years on a distant Pacific Northwest seashore. He vitamins his personal reflections by way of interviewing women and men in 16 states, in either rural and concrete settings, who've stretched the envelope in their aloneness to Waldenesque proportions.
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And if I ran now, again, would I be running forever, with all hope abandoned of finding—what? What was I looking for anyway? Coming to the beach meant facing my deepest disquiets, my despairing unease with who I really was and all I would never become. It meant confronting all the curdled remorse, the disavowed guilt that seems to struggle to the surface when everything else is still. It meant discovering if I could be complete alone, not merely as an adjunct of someone else, whether I needed others to energize and validate myself, to make me feel of some worth and consequence.
Best of all, I don’t have to bother with anyone else. ” He guards his solitude just as zealously at home. A classical and jazz pianist who entertains at public and private functions, his first priority is his music. He practices at his piano a minimum of three hours each day in the basement apartment he rents in a private home in a large Western city. His second passion is reading, an insatiable, lifelong habit. He bicycles to and from work. And he cuts his own hair. ” He didn’t own an answering machine until a friend convinced him it wasn’t polite not to provide a way for people to reach him, particularly because he seldom answers his phone when he is home.
It’s taking control of our lives. The real dream is grounded in the primal satisfaction of succeeding on our own— independent, inner-directed, self-fulfilled, “life near the bone,” as Henry David Thoreau put it. The dream resonates with writers, painters, poets, and artists, in particular, for when they are alone they are closest to themselves, their creativity, and their reason for being. The same holds true for others preoccupied with finding a measure of coherent justification for what Elbert Hubbard, at the turn of the twentieth century, called “just one damn thing after another”—an accurate enough depiction of twenty-first-century life.
Celebrating Time Alone by Lionel Fisher