AN AFTERNOON IN SOLITUDE
I believe loneliness is a door you have to go through—a passage leading you to solitude. Solitude is what I’m after. The kind of tranquillity that allows you access to your own imagination. Solitude helps you differentiate, define the borders of the self. Solitude helps you figure out where everybody else stops and you begin.Solitude is quite different from being alone. Solitude is the state of being alone without losing your mind. There’s a fine line there somewhere. Or maybe a thick line. Because the only way to get to solitude is to step through the door of loneliness.
—Jeanne Marie Laskas