I am well aware of my introverted ways, of which solitude is a key component. When my oldest son was turning twelve and decided to skip his final year of Little League baseball, he agonized over the decision — not because he would miss baseball, but because he feared that I would no longer have any friends if I left the Little League coaching community. In time he came to understand that a lack of friends is not the issue, but the lack of a need for friends.
I was speaking recently with a good friend. We've known each other since neither of us had two pennies to rub together. Nowadays, he's got a high stress job and a level of power most of us can only imagine.... We were talking the other day — the usual stuff about kids and life — when the subject of worry came up.