I’m reading Prozac Nation. Someone suggested Elizabeth Wurtzel would be great to ask for a blurb for Way Out, and before I can even contemplate reaching out to her, I know I have to read her work.
Needless to say, it’s amazing. And so sad.
What’s saddest to me is how alone she feels. I just read The Goldfinch for book club. A completely different book. And also so sad, because the main character also feels so alone.
I wonder how often many of us walk through life feeling alone. Thinking we’re alone. Having a sense that no one understands us or could understand us. Too many people think that no one cares for them (and too many people maybe have no one who can care for them).
I think we’re all in this together. I think we have more in common with each other than we think. I think we should – okay I should – practice many more random acts of kindness and go out of my way to connect myself with others, with strangers even.
I know my most down moments have been when I’ve felt alone. And I know that my moods have lifted when someone went out of their way for me, or to talk with me. Or when I’ve gone out of my way to reach out, to make contact, to put myself with other people, to realize that we’re all in this together.
I think it’s a lie that we’re all alone. I think it’s a lie my mind tells me when it wants to keep me feeling separate and different and isolated. I think I need to remember – and to tell others – that there’s strength in numbers and no one has to go through life on their own. I need to tell it to my loved one who is dealing with the addiction of a loved one…and feels so solitary in her pain. I need to tell it to my friend who is stuck in shame (for something that, from the outside, isn’t anything to be ashamed about). I need to tell it to myself when I’m in my dark hours and it feels as if there will never be a dawn.
There is always a dawn. The sun always comes up. We don’t have to go it alone – whatever it is. There is someone who can and will walk through with us.
We are all in this together.
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