• Adeline Gonzalez

Choosing Nature to Find Solitude

Now more than ever, I find myself in need of peace. In need of comfort. In need of nature. I feel that the world is crying out for answers, and so am I. As I walked to class today, I found myself for the first time in a long time, looking at my surroundings. My phone was in my backpack, AirPods nowhere in sight, and I just continued to embrace all that was around me. It's amazing what you pick up when you put things down.

In the busyness of life, it can be difficult to find time for yourself. The day-to-day tasks that we do, take a lot more out of us than we seem to realize. This semester has been stressful for me. I feel that these day-to-day tasks, rushing to graduate, and also dealing with COVID-19 has been so overwhelming. But as I walked to class today, I felt a sense of peace and wholeness. The color-changing leaves blew across my feet. The wind called my name. The sun hit the back of my neck, yearning for a single drop of sweat. The symphonic sound of branches snapping and falling into a beautiful bed of soft, plush grass flooded my ears.

Then it hit me. I was calm. Even though I was on a loud and bustling campus, it was so quiet I could almost hear my own heartbeat. I was in solitude. I didn't have to surround myself with people to drown out the sound of my loneliness. Yes, I was alone, but I wasn't lonely. I was simply indulging in nature.

"Loneliness is inner emptiness. Solitude is inner fulfillment."

Richard J. Foster

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