How many words that start with the letter 'S' can you think of that would be an adjective for the word SOLITUDE?
Sad, perhaps or Sorrowful? Some people may think that solitude would make you sad, that you would need people around you. I think my children, at least some of them, think that I did not need to be alone after I lost their father.
But, think about other words:
Subdued (to quieten, bring under control) My life needs to be quiet after years of caregiving.
Submissive (to yield or surrend) I need to surrend to the grief process and let it travel it's course
Sunny (cheerful) I do know that sunshine is just around the corner. I catch glimpses of it now and then.
Superb (of unusual quality) I like who I am so I am very comfortable with ME for company.
Oh, there are lots of ways to describe solitude.
I find such peace in my solitude, a time to sit in my swing and listen to the birds sing and watch my flowers grow. That is a sign that life goes on.
I enjoy the quiet of my home. The time to sit and reflect, to think and plan and remember. As I often sit at the little table in my sunroom watching the traffic pass by, I know that life is moving along at the rate it always has but the windows are a barrier to keep the trials and stresses of everyday living as far away from me as possible. I need that shield right now.
I listen to Beethoven's piano concertos or Mozart's symphonies and let the music flow through my body, soothing at times, with crescendos rising here and there to awaken my sensibilites.
I like the hum of my sewing machine set to the rhythm of classical music over the radio. It gives me that comfort of things familiar.