"Solitude is a crucial ingredient to creativity."
As I sit here, Sigur Ros Pandora station playing, hot apple cider tea steaming gently towards my face, feeling the warmth of my pj's, and the dim light gracefully being present, I am at home. Literally and emotionally. These moments, few and far between, are what keep me going in tough times and what energize me when my batteries have been depleted. I was reminded of this today, while watching a TED talk on Introversion.
I wholeheartedly, authentically, and genuinely connect with Susan's message. Having been hard on myself in the past for not being outgoing enough or more talkative, her message struck me on a level I wasn't anticipating. The more I slow down and create space for myself to be by myself, the more I find space to create. Whether that's to produce art (doodles, really ↓), build a unique yoga
sequence, devise the perfect playlist, concoct a delicious meal, conceive a fresh idea, form a new pathway, design an improved website (How do you like it?!), or actualize my potential. When I started thinking about this concept, I really do all of these when I'm alone. And I LOVE IT! Even writing this blog post, I declined an invitation to hang out with my loving boyfriend, so I could dedicate time, energy and creativity to getting my thoughts, ideas and inspiration out.
Like Susan, I love extroverts! They create the balance that us introverts need. Sean, the love of my life, is one. He shows me the benefit of being around friends and how he can authentically be energized by others' presence. His outgoing nature is exactly what I'd been searching for. The Yang to my Yin. However, always being on the go feels out of place in my body. It feels like I'm babysitting someone else's kids. But then as it is accustomed for the "cool aunt," to do, you give the kids back (after loading them up with sugar and caffeine, of course) and go back to having a quiet, cozy, and calm space.
I realized today that the quiet times I give myself are when I am most productive, happy and at peace. There is a saying that goes something like "You're never alone if you love the person you're with." Give yourself space, physical and emotional, to be with yourself. See what happens.
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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