May 31, 2013

Assimilation of Loneliness

As is the case with most people, I don’t like loneliness. So, it often becomes tempting to wipe it out, and actually I attempt it now and then. With my meager social network, however, I fail, miserably fail all the time and become more vulnerable. Okay, this time, I’d like to not only pick myself up but also take a little step forward. Hence, here I am leaving a note.

Although I’ve known for a while that eliminating or even masking loneliness hasn’t been my option and never worked, it can get irresistibly tempting when suddenly facing the situation. After the promised surrender, I try to remember what Sherry Turkle tells about it.

Then, to bring back my own approach together, I recall how I am with the help of Susan Cain.

Here I go. Take a deep breath, absorb the loneliness swirling around me, cuddle myself and come back to be effectually alone. At the end of the day, this is my second-best solution because this is how I well function and feel really grateful to others — far better than the miserable failure of the attempt at eliminating it.

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