Too often today we look for ways to distract ourselves. From run-of-the-mill social networks, to TV and video games we’ve learned to abhor silence. Even people become outlets to alleviate loneliness. Which is to say sometimes we don’t necessarily like the people we’re around, and yet we prefer them to being alone.
Fear drives us away from ourselves because we are afraid of who we are. The thought of confronting who you are is terrifying. No one wants to look under the hood of their own mind. It goes against our Western, Puritan, senses. We project what others want to see and avoid the nasty secrets that only come to light when we have a spare moment to ourselves; a moment to actually think without the external pressures of society.
Our fear, and the ugly perceptions we carry when faced with solitude need to change. Nothing genuine can ever happen if you’re not alone. Nothing meaningful will ever be created if you don’t give yourself time to confront your demons. In a world always on and never off, loneliness, now more than ever, needs to be embraced; both openly and in private so that our real voice can surface. It’s time we start facing our fears, and use our alone time to have a genuine conversations with ourselves.