About National Hermit Day
On this day, you don't have to give up everything and go live in a cave, but it is a chance to take some me-time and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax.
A hermit is a person who voluntarily lives a solitary life, typically for religious or spiritual reasons. The term "hermit" can refer to either a religious ascetic who lives a life of seclusion and solitude, or to someone who lives a solitary life for personal reasons, such as a desire for privacy or independence.
Hermits are often associated with religious orders, such as monks or nuns, who retreat from society to live a life of prayer and contemplation. In some cultures, hermits are seen as wise individuals with a deep understanding of spirituality and the human condition.
Hermits may live in isolation in remote locations, such as forests, caves, or deserts, or they may live in a more urban environment, such as a small apartment or a room in a larger community. Regardless of their location, hermits typically live a simple life, relying on their own resources and working to maintain self-sufficiency.
While the idea of living as a hermit may appeal to some, it is a challenging lifestyle that requires significant self-discipline, resilience, and a strong commitment to solitude and self-reflection. For those who are suited to this way of life, however, it can provide a rich and fulfilling experience that allows for personal growth and spiritual development.
There are several famous examples of hermits throughout history:
St. Anthony the Great: St. Anthony the Great was an Egyptian hermit who lived in the desert in the 3rd and 4th centuries. He is considered the father of monasticism and his life inspired many other hermits and monks to follow in his footsteps.
St. Simeon Stylites: St. Simeon Stylites was a Syrian hermit who lived on top of a pillar in the desert for 37 years. He is remembered for his asceticism and piety, and he is considered a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Henry David Thoreau: Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher and writer who lived as a hermit for two years in the mid-19th century. He documented his experiences in his book "Walden," which is now considered a classic of American literature.
J.D. Salinger: J.D. Salinger was an American author who became famous for his novel "The Catcher in the Rye." After the success of the book, he withdrew from public life and lived as a hermit in New Hampshire until his death in 2010.
These are just a few examples of famous hermits throughout history. While their reasons for living a solitary life and their experiences may vary, each of these individuals is remembered for their unique contributions to history and culture.