Embrace alone time, and consider it beneficial. It might help you tap into the creativity that exists to some degree in everyone; it need not be as formally structured as picking up a brush to paint or sitting at the piano to compose. However, solitude can allow a return to creative, imaginative pursuits that have been abandoned since childhood.
Develop a true understanding of yourself and work on your ideas and deepest beliefs. Getting to know one’s deepest feelings, opinions, and attitudes is one of the hardest tasks of living — at any age — but it becomes more and more necessary as we age so that we can shape our “third age” in a way that gives us the most serenity and pleasure.
As we seek the transforming power of love, as we seek deeper understanding of ourselves and those around us, we must summon all our courage to choose our old age and to believe that we can make it rich with meaning. Albert Camus, the French writer, said: “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Those of us in the winter of our lives can find that summer, too, if we remain open to the wonders of the world.
Excerpted from the article:
Harvesting the Fruits & Gifts of Solitude
by Zenith Henkin Gross.
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