In certain areas... February 06, 2013 16:37

bridge3 In certain areas of my life, I actively seek out solitude. Especially for someone in my line of work, solitude is, more or less, an inevitable circumstance. Sometimes, however, this sense of isolation, like acid spilling out of a bottle, can unconsciously eat away at a person's heart and dissolve it. You could see it, too, as a kind of double-edged sword. It protects me, but at the same time steadily cuts away at me from the inside. I think in my own way I'm aware of this danger - probably through experience - and that's why I've had to constantly keep my body in motion, in some cases pushing myself to the limit, in order to heal the loneliness I feel inside and put it in perspective."
A quote from the book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.  He's a well known writer and a dedicated runner.  I find a lot of his insights ring true for me, as someone who also spends both a lot of time working alone and on the road running. "All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence."