I am a Hermit

 I particularly like this quote from Vocabulary.com:

You hear about hermits more often than you meet one, and that’s because a hermit is someone who likes to be alone, far from people, sometimes because of their religious beliefs or maybe because they simply want some privacy. 

Hermits like living solo, alone in the woods, up in a mountain, or sometimes they live in a city without hardly ever leaving their apartment. The root of the word is the Greek erēmos, meaning “solitary.” A life of solitude isn’t for everyone, but a hermit chooses it for any number of reasons. For example, being able to honor their religious beliefs more fully or hating all of humanity are two possible motivations to become a hermit.

 I live in the city with a wife and son. I have a full-time job where I regularly interact with the public. I am not socially challenged and I don't hate people. I just feel better when they are not around. 

I am an introvert, which means that being around people can be draining. That is why I spend most of my time alone. I do a lot of reading, meditating, and writing. I find this recharges my batteries.

I also find solitude to be a powerful spiritual discipline for spiritual growth. As a Buddhist, I find few suitable companions on the road to nirvana. I am a hermit because I am a Buddhist who is serious about living morally, mindfully, and wisely.

The Buddha said:

If for company you cannot find a wise and prudent friend who leads a good life, then, like a king who leaves behind a conquered kingdom, or like a lone elephant in the elephant forest, you should go your way alone. Better it is to live alone; there is no fellowship with a fool. Live alone and do no evil; be carefree like an elephant in the elephant forest (Dhp 329-330 Buddharakkhita).

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