Five Minute Friday – Lonely

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I love this link party, so I thought I would participate.  I have five minutes to write about lonely…

It is lonely sometimes even in a world where so many people are present at all times.  But, sometimes that loneliness is self-driven.  I often put myself in positions to feel lonely.  This can be done simply by staying home when social opportunities present themselves.  Sometimes I do that because I’m truly tired, but other times I stay home because I am feeling vulnerable.  That vulnerability is not really helped by staying home, but it seems like a risk to go out and try to engage with others.  Sometimes I make myself lonely by not sharing the truth about my life.  I hide things from others because I feel like they can’t relate or like I should be able to deal with whatever it is on my own.  This, I think, is a particularly difficult form of loneliness, because it is like being emotionally exiled (except it is a self-imposed exile, so I don’t know what that would be called.  I have been in this form of emotional exile for a pretty long time now for different reasons.

Loneliness is not good, but being alone is sometimes helpful.  I sometimes get over-exposed to people and need some alone time.  So, I definitely don’t think that loneliness is the same as being alone.  But, sometimes being alone does result in loneliness.

 

Wow…five minutes really flies when you are writing!

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6 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Lonely

  1. i like that – we choose to be lonely and to restore ourselves… and that is a good thing.

    and i relate to that vulnerability – that so is the worst… and takes a concious decision to step out there eh… to be vulnerable is difficult but can invite amazing grace and love and kindness…

    i loved the post on lisa jo’s blog about friendship http://lisajobaker.com/2013/08/when-you-wonder-why-everyone-else-seems-to-have-frinds/

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  2. Wow – thanks so much for sharing the link to that post over at Lisa Jo’s! It is something I needed to read about now. I do try at times, but often I take the easy way out and simply don’t reach out. And I love the idea of inviting grace and love and kindness…what more can you ask for than that?

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  3. Good thoughts sister. But remember that lonely is only meant to be temporary. It’s healthy in small doses but not good if we try to make it permanent. Come visit me if you start taking it too far. I’d love to get together with you and kick loneliness out the door. Thank you for sharing with us. I really enjoyed reading your writing.

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  4. I love that about it feeling like a risk. I find sometimes vulnerability doesn’t seem strong enough – sometimes it feels more like fear and defending ourselves, protecting ourselves. But oh do i know what u mean. Self inflicted indeed. Thank you for sharing this!

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