Solitude is truly precious. I live for those moments when I can be alone and unfettered. This may sound a little corny, but I think that solitude is so important so that we can feel quiet and peaceful within ourselves.
There is a lot of stress we must deal with from day to day. There is mostly bad news on TV, the radio, and even the search engine page you see each day when you fire up your computer. We never seem to get enough sleep, or "catch up."
I have two very demanding children, who talk, shout, fight, and want something constantly. Sometimes I feel as though I'm always pushing that boulder up the hill, endlessly. And then the magic moment arrives when I can be alone.
Today, I took great lungfull's (yeah, it's my word) of air, and hopped in my little green "contour," which by now is a geriatric automobile. I love being alone in my car, music playing, feeling the peaceful hum of the machine, and hearing the sound of the wind against the windows. I like being on the highway at night, when there aren't many other cars on the road with me, with a bright moon riding alongside. I like driving when that first, tentative snow of the season begins to fall; not enough to cover the road, but more like a whisper of what's to come, in the form of tiny white lights racing to my windshield. I love cruising along the highway on a sunny afternoon. Did you know that when the sun is bright enough the road actually sparkles?
In my car I can sing as loud as I want. I can swear as much as I want. I can laugh as loud as I want. I can even scream and cry with noone around to see me, if I really, really need to, and I can be silent.
Today it was just me, my faithful car, the road, and music, and right now, I've found a great cd. Have a listen.
"Sigh No More" by Mumford and Sons, from their album "Sigh No More"
Love it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be
There is a design, an alignment, a cry
Of my heart to see
The beauty of love as it was made to be