Like many people, I too have thought about taking a job somewhere isolated and alone for stretches of time. I know many, many, many people have wanted to live in a lighthouse on an island hundreds of miles offshore with nothing to do but read and contemplate the day that just passed by without saying a word to anyone but the wind.
Yep, me and everyone else have had that totally normal urge.
Seriously though, I have wanted to try at least being alone for that an extended gap in time because in my life I've never been alone either emotionally or physically. The vast majority of the population hasn't been genuinely alone as neighbors have always been either a few feet or miles away. People being alone in isolated locations have been the subject of many stories and books, but to live it is something that I think many of us should try to do at least once in our lives.
I don't know why I have had this fascination with being alone even though I work from home and are usually alone at least two days out of the week. I think it's the idea that I could wake up, get coffee, shower, and dress without saying a word that really fascinates me. I had something like this when I was about to get married.
I had moved into the apartment my wife and I would live in together a month before she did and during that time I noticed that I didn't say anything when I came home at night. It was an odd feeling because before that moment I usually spoke to at least someone a few times when I was at home; so to go from that to nothing was a jump. Ever since then I haven't had that kind of silence and I am interested in finding it again someday.
To get a taste of this solitary life, I watched "Winter's Watch" or SEO title The Challenge of True Solitude or Along On An Island (Seriously, pick a title!) from The Atlantic YouTube channel. It's something that I recommend you watch because it captures the feeling of being alone and lets it soak into the video.
I enjoy videos like this that are not heavily edited and let shots linger and allow the subject matter to breathe. We aren't constantly being directed every few seconds to something exciting. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did and if anyone out there is looking for a lighthouse keeper, let me know.
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