Everyone who really knows me knows I am more than a bit of an introvert. Although I joke that I am a functioning sociopath, it's really not the truth. I am not anti-social for the most part. I enjoy talking to people, I love hearing their stories. My full-time job allows (requires) me to talk to people all day. I have met an array of people with the full spectrum of personalities. I enjoy, for the most part, talking with them.
And it's also exhausting...
On the weekends, it is quite a different story. I call the weekends hermit time. Hermit time is necessary for me to exist. Hermit time is when I manage to recharge my batteries from the day to day where I am in public. Hermit time is a requirement.
It's not necessarily solitude. I don't go off into the woods spending the weekend in a cabin to "get away." I am not a Thoreau. What it really is is a matter of being in control of my environment. I read what I want to read, listen to the music I love (frequently with headphones). I make art, I write, I work on my rapidly growing collection of vintage typewriters. I drink my coffee from a real cup instead of a travel mug. I listen to the noise of my own choosing.
I mentioned typewriters. As some of you know I have a new found passion for vintage typewriters. Part of my hermit time is teaching myself how to restore and maintain vintage typewriters. I have nine typewriters at this writing. I am not planning on fixing them and re-selling them. Each one of them is different. I tell myself (and Valerie) that I am done searching for now, There is one more on my list, however. I am keeping my eyes out for a reasonably priced typewriter with a script (cursive) typeface.
And you may ask, what does my wife, Valerie, think of all this? The best I can say is that she loves me and knows I need this to be a functioning adult. When her weekends are free, we go on our own adventures. We both love road trips. Road trips are part of hermit time. Like I said, I do not aspire to be like Thoreau. Since Spring is definitely coming soon, there are road trips in our immediate future.
As I sit here this morning, I am sipping an espresso, listening to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, and contemplating my own hermit time for the day. I have nothing on my agenda that involves being in a crowd, no gatherings to attend. Even if I did I would be trying to find ways to get out of it. Avoiding crowds is definitely part of hermit time. I have food, books, coffee, and the love of person who understands me. What more do I really need?
Hermit time is what you want it to be. It's basically taking control of your environment, even if it's just for a day or two. It doesn't have to be productive. It could be sitting around watching TV all day, although I usually find that over-stimulating. Over-stimulation is exactly what I take pains in avoiding.