One of the reasons why quieter living is important to me is that I am a highly sensitive person. I am easily overwhelmed and distressed by too many stimuli in my environment. Are you?
The highly sensitive person
Having plenty of time for peaceful, private reflection is important to me too. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I need to have some space in my life afterwards so that I can write about the experiences, my thoughts and observations.
There is something soothing about knowing there is nothing wrong with being sensitive. It is wonderful to be able to experience life in depth, taking notice of amazing things that others may have missed, and recording it for posterity.
I love the arts, but being an audience member can often be too overwhelming for me to enjoy being there. Now I find that I am becoming a sort of artist myself, turning my interest in history into a (hopefully unique) art form.