“Language has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.”
~ Paul Tillich
When the literal weight of the world was weighing down Superman, he would escape to his Fortress of Solitude for a breather to consult his subconscious.
Since I’m more of a movie fan than a comic book aficionado, I imagine the Fortress of Solitude in all of its crystalline glory a la Christopher Reeve’s 1978 “Superman.”
My Fortress of Solitude is decidedly less icy. My secret hideaway is right here in my cozy northern Illinois home tucked in the suburbs among the trees on the edge of a little swamp (or wetlands, if you must). My Beloved is off doing boy things with the guys, grilling meat over an open flame and thumping his chest, quite likely. The dog and I are holed up with the air conditioning turned up and the fans turned off. I’m enjoying weird foods like Greek Quinoa & Avocado Salad and Corn & Goat Cheese Quesadillas.
While I would be unhappy to dine on a strict diet of aloneness, a day or two of solitude is a delightful meal to savor.
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
~ Albert Einstein