Listening to an interview with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the man Chris Cavanagh recommended to me about creativity. He says one of the surprises when they began mapping data on more than 300,000 participants, was how rarely the creative state of flow comes to solitary people. The occurrence was tied much more to social settings. He was surprised when the data came in about how rare it was finding ordinary people having positive experiences when alone. He adds one cannot become a good musician, mathematician, writer etc., unless able to tolerate long periods of being alone. When I lived by myself in that hamlet between Hagersville and Cayuga, I both loved it for doing my work, but unexplainably, often drove out of my way to hang a while in Hamilton before returning, just to be around people.

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