Ten years ago, when I began going to the cottage, I was vaguely aware that I desired silence, solitude and simplicity and that I longed to sometimes be alone. But it was launching this blog that helped me articulate how important my desires and longings were; over the years I’ve held on to them in different ways. My travel provided extended periods of solitude; at home I was able to compartmentalize my times of solitude and times of socializing.
Nowadays my life has more solitude and introspection and less compartmentalizing of time; instead there is a flow to the day. Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s the pandemic, probably a combination of the two. I let go of things that don’t fit my purpose or interests , and I spend more time examining the little things.