Tag archives for loneliness
Sometimes we hyper-focus on losing weight, because we yearn to feel lighter. Because right now we feel so heavy. Which we assume is because of the number on the scale. In our society, we always assume that the culprit is the number on the scale. We always assume that our weight is the issue, the end-all, be-all issue (and, of course, it's all our fault).
We all experience hard times. For some of us it’s occasional, while for others it’s seemingly their whole life.
When people feel frustrated, overwhelmed, or lost, they may want support from others. Especially if they haven’t done a lot of self-work or have just begun to better understand themselves and the world.
In moments like that, we may want validation, help, understanding, or encouragement.
“We quite simply take two chairs, one for us and one for you, out on city streets, sit down and offer to listen to anyone about anything.”
It was Thanksgiving, twenty-some years ago, and I was in graduate school. I decided not to go home to visit my family that year. Unexpectedly, my close friend and roommate told me that she was going to spend the holiday at her...
One of the biggest misconceptions about loneliness is that people who are “isolated” according to some objective measure (for example, they live alone) must also be lonely. The converse produces its own common misunderstanding – that if you are connected to others in some...
“Hey, Brenda, is is it okay if I sit here?”
“Sorry. Our table is full.”
I was in fourth grade. I was new at school. And each day I ate lunch alone. I would often sit at the end of a long table of people—near enough to try to blend into a group, but far enough away not to face an overt rejection.
I tried to look busy, taking long, slow bites of my favorite bologna...