"Being alone with oneself is often the only means of finding the peace to think things out. In fact, being alone is the best way I know of taking time out from the stresses and pressures of everyday life. We all need to become reacquainted with ourselves, to reach deep within and become reconnected with the essense of our being.
I learned long ago that it is only when we can sit with loneliness and can truly embrace it for the gift it is, do we have the opportunity of learning how right or wrong we've been and how strong we are or can become. Human strength comes not from the ability to lift great weight or move huge objects unassisted. It is built from the wrongs we find in in our lives and make right, along with the wisdom we discover in our circle of friendships.
While it is possible to 'find oneself' from a situation of solitude, to 'know oneself' will rarely come from a position of abstraction or isolation. Only in a tangible relationship can one really come to know who one is and can be. It is only from within a choir of friends that man's song is sung sweetest and is more widely appreciated. The simple truth is that you are a part of all you have seen and done, every introduction to man and beast you've had, every success and loss you've ever felt, every disappointment and pleasant surprise you've met; and every dream you've dared to dream.
The best part of travelling through life will come once you have found yourself along the way. If you find yourself to be a person who cannot see and understand the beauty in life, it will probably be because life has not yet seen or understood it in you! When however, you come to 'find yourself,' everything else of significance shall follow and fall into place.
So go out into the world and do battle to seize your identity and individuality within it, because when you fight to find the 'real you', there can only be one winner! " William Forde: August 31st, 2015.