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Holy Moses do I need to be alone! I adore the people around me but I’m a person who needs her solitude. This weekend I’m planning on taking a road trip and visiting some friends I haven’t seen in awhile back in NYC. I can’t wait, but almost as much as seeing them I am looking forward to being alone. That hours of driving alone sounds like nirvana to me right now. I need to think, to contemplate, and to get ready for what’s next. I need to do all of this without being asked where the ketchup is or what’s today’s date or what are we having for dinner at 8 am. In order to be calm and loving and not scream “how the f*ck do I know” when asked these perfectly innocent questions I need some time alone. I’m praying I make it to Friday.

“We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.”

Hermann Hesse

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  1. I too have to have my time to myself – no matter how much I love the people I’m with. And road trips are a wonderful way to treasure the time..Enjoy your trip!!

  2. Enjoy your trip and make the best of your alone time! I really wanted to say fuck in there somewhere, but somehow it just doesn’t fit with the context of what I hope is an encouraging comment. ;)

  3. I, too, need my quiet time. I just took a road trip down to New Jersey to visit old friends last weekend and it was *awesome*. Six hours in the car each way, listening to *whatever* I wanted on the radio (or just the hum of the tires on the road), stopping for coffee or the bathroom as many times as I wanted, deciding to skip lunch and just have a vanilla milkshake, it’s all good…..:-)

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