My wife and I have very different views on the tranquility of solitude. She finds the peace and quiet of curling up on the sofa with a good book the most restful way to enjoy a moment if solitude. Please don’t think I don’t love reading; I really do — I’m an English teach after all. It’s just that I find listening to music is how I find and enjoy moments of solitude. Maybe it’s because I grew up an only child, but I quite like having music playing when I’m doing things.
Once a week I get to go to the rink to watch my daughter at her goalie clinic. It’s the only time I don’t participate in her development as a goalie. Instead I sit in the stands and listen to the music. I watch her, I learn from the on ice coaches, I process the day. It’s the same when I run. I don’t really like running without music; there’s something about the soundtrack that helps me lose myself in what I’m accomplishing. I like the time alone. To myself. To think.