Seeking Solitude


Solitude is defined as the state or situation of being alone. What is it about 2020 and today’s culture that so deeply stigmatizes being alone? As one of the blog writers for Outland Expeditions, Inc., I’ll proudly tell you I’m an INFJ-type (Introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging). If you’re not familiar with Myers-Briggs, there are all sorts of psychology terms floating around that tell us how to be who we are. They’re used to put us in a box and explain our personalities. But in the end, they all tell us the same thing, whether we’re an introvert or an extrovert — all human beings need solitude.  Seeking solitude can be a tricky thing in our world, but the search is well worth the rewards.

Everyone — even social butterflies — need time to re-charge so that they can wake up and do life all again the next day. Because of Outland Expeditions’ support of inner well-being, we choose to do our re-charging in nature— specifically on the river. There are some days that guides may have to yell and talk and shake hands, but even our most social creatures need solitude. It’s one of the most basic human needs.

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Solo kayaking is a great way to find this solitude, as well as hiking, cross-country running, swimming, gardening, photography, and even golf. In the midst of trying to be the loudest, never forget to listen. Never forget to REFLECT.

As Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you must be in bad company.”

Outland offers some smaller excursions that may interest you. We’d love to give you some solo time to help you in your search for solitude.


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