Thursday, January 7, 2016

Solitude is Bliss

Escaping the churn of Melbourne even just for a day or two is something I've been wanting to do for a while now, but like many things in life was too often forestalled in hope of a better time. Finally I had the opportunity to go down to Phillip Island for a day and a half in a very spur of the moment trip. Not necessarily the most picturesque location Victoria has to offer, but an escape all the same. 

 What is best about these momentary lapses from normal life is the time afforded for contemplation away from friends, the ongoing torrent of social media, and the long list of errands that plague everyday life. Often I hope to spend the day at a cafe writing in my diary, or doing something similarly relaxing but get distracted by mundane tasks and the internet. Instead I usually end up staying inside the confines of my bedroom, avoiding conscious thought and distracting myself with the countless stimuli that characterise modern life. 

When away from home, it's as if nothing is necessary anymore except being in the now, something I particularily struggle with. It provides the opportunity to think for the sake of thinking, not just because its necessarily for a university assignment but because you can let go long enough to be able too.  

I walked by myself along the beach and felt so much better afterwards. My feet sinking into the sand as I strolled, the sun shining on my back with the view and the sound of the waves fervently lapping the shore. Completely alone with only my arbitrary and unbounded thoughts to keep me company.

It seems as if all we do is constantly distract ourselves from ourselves. As a result to finally be alone with my thoughts was almost revelatory. I worked out things I wanted to do for my future and felt so much calmer even though I was only walking for such a short amount of time. I had nowhere to go and miles of beach ahead of me. That's the beauty of leaving the life that everybody sets out for themselves, the freedom it affords you in the sense that you have nothing, at least for that brief moment in time, that you need to return to or do.