YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ALONE,” people admonish me with regularity. I find solitude invigorating, and even formative (if someone my age can be in her formative years). Modern-day humans don’t get nearly enough of it. Apparently the universe’s biggest stars—and by that I mean up in the sky, not on Hollywood Boulevard—agree that alone time’s just fine for making big things happen, a 2010 University of Michigan study revealed.
In a December 20, 2010 release, new observations by the university’s astronomers were said to “add weight to the theory that the most massive stars in the universe could form essentially anywhere, including in near isolation; they don’t need a large stellar cluster nursery.”
It’s a charming little (vast?) story, and written so that we laypersons can understand it—including a big-fish-small-pond analogy, and more. Have a read.
Author Katrina Kenison says this on solitude:
‘Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead.’
So the next time someone tells me I should get out more and mingle, I’m using this tongue-in-cheek retort:
No, thanks; I’m busy burning bright in isolation. :)
(1904 drawing of the Aurora Borealis via Vintage Printable. I understand that technically the Aurora is made of charged particles, not stars, but I like the image–it matches my mood. Poetic license; mea culpa.)