Many introverts, myself included, greatly enjoy solitary activities. I mean what’s not to enjoy: time to unwind and re-charge, solitude, a good book or walk, a cup of tea, a favorite program, a cozy nook, a comfortable bed..the list is long. All this is much appreciated especially at the end of a work week.
What I’ve found though is that it can be a thin line between solitude and aloneness. You have to constantly balance the very real need for that solitary time with time spent with family and friends. I find that when I dont, when the scales tip too much into solitude, aloneness and loneliness does set in..for me. This may not be the case for other introverts off course.
And the reverse is true. Too many social activities and I am totally and completely drained. So balance is what is needed and it is indeed a delicate balance.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve gotten better at this. So, for example, I am about to leave for a solitary road trip that I’m very much looking forward to but will be back tomorrow to continue celebrating my birthday with a few friends and family.