Solace of the Solitary
Hi Snick, I agree - the dreaded journey can sometimes be one of solitude, sometimes one of plain aloneness/loneliness. So much really does depend upon one's geographical location.
Actually, your post reminded me of something I read today:
"Do not allow yourself to be imprisoned by any affection. Keep your solitude. The day, if it ever comes, when you are given true affection there will be no opposition between interior solitude and friendship, quite the reverse. It is even by this infallible sign that you will recognize it." --Simone Weil, philosopher and mystic