In prison or in exile; neither are preferred but we must choose

In life we seek both company and solemnity, life presents choices between these two compulsions. We typically must choose between one or the other. The more we seek the company and comfort of others the more we feel hampered by expectations, obligation and conformity.

If it is help you seek on a project or endeavour then you have to expect it will not be done exactly how you would like it. Get married or get a partner and you accept that your travel choices are now shared decisions with shopping trips now an essential part of your itinerary. Have children and you will spend years to listen to their music choices in car journeys.

If you are a person who values your freedom over all else then you can write, sing or play in whatever you way your choose. You are in effect your own audience. Travel when and where you want, but you go alone, you eat alone and think alone.

None of these compulsions are wrong, both have benefits. Seeking the company and approval of others puts us in a prison of our own choosing. Searching for the space and freedom of our own company exiles us to desert island of our own thoughts and opinions.

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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