How to soothe loneliness using solitude
Kris Gage

My mantra when I’m feeling lonely is, “Loneliness is the act of wanting someone else to choose for you.” It explains to me why I feel lonely so often even in the company of others, and why sometimes I’m able to exist quite happily in solitude. These days, whenever I catch myself feeling loneliness, I recite that reminder to myself and ask whether it’s what I want to be doing. More often than not, the feeling shifts to one of peace almost instantaneously.