On my journey I often had the experience of being alone but not feeling at peace. And so, I had a tendency to look for what seemed to be missing outside myself.
It seems as though this is a pretty normal experience for many people. Many, who have gone through the 'education system', graduate without really knowing where their passions lay especially if they have grown up in a dysfunctional home environment.
King Solomon wrote, "Train up a child according to his ways even when he grows old he will not depart from them."
The word education comes from the latin, 'educare' which means 'to uncover' and so the whole point of education is to help a child discover what their passions are, and give them the support and encouragement to pursue them.
Those who take the time to explore their passions are often the ones who lead inspiring lives. In order to discover our passions it often requires quite a bit of time alone, doing inner work, clearing away old thoughts and feelings that have likely been blocking who we truly are from shining forth. Our world is filled with distractions and it can be easy to get lost in the 'busyness' of modern life.
If we did not have the opportunity to discover our passion in our most formative years, we can find time each day to explore this aspect of ourselves. Ideally, taking an extended period of time from the 'regular routine' can be extremely helpful to get clarity on where are true passions lie.
I recently read this great article that seemed to highlight this issue of being alone. It was perfect timing as I had been exploring spending more time alone to focus on my writing. The article gave me greater clarity on this aspect of life that I had thought about quite often over the years...