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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