Many people feel alone everyday. Sometimes they can feel like they are the only one in a crowed room. This is only metaphorical, because we know you aren’t the guy portrayed in cast away. You aren’t Will Smith in I am Legend. You could never physically be alone unless you intentionally isolate yourself in remote part of a forest or jungle, which some people do, but that’s a different story. This one is about being lonely.
Depression is a killer, the simply put and downright honest truth is people die everyday from it. It’s one of the leading causes of death in young people, and it’s not even that bad in the U.S. in other countries it’s an epidemic. To feel what it’s like to be alone is to feel despair. To despair is to to feel the weight of your sadness, and if this persists this will become depression.
The lonely loner
The child with only a few friends who is bullied has it rough right? What about the one with no friends at all? This is the one most at risk. The psychology of being alone is one that cannot truly be studied, but to some extent it’s seen in these loners. There’s a woman in Siberia that had not seen another person for decades until she needed medical attention. Her family isolated themselves and missed out on all the wars and even regime changes of the country. Their dialect was so different and archaic that people could hardly understand her. But what if you were the last person alive on earth? What will the last human feel like?
We need each other
We all need to belong. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs holds a need for belonging in a very important place. It’s right above food, shelter, and water. Aside from very basic needs we all need someone. So what does it feel like to be alone? I think maybe like claustrophobia, like being trapped in a state of limbo that won’t go away. What would it feel like to be alone for decades? I guess we could ask that Russian woman, that is if she hadn’t returned to her cabin after getting out of the hospital.
Reach out to someone if you’re lonely. Send me an email, find a random person to chat with. I have to get back to my movie now, Will Smith is freaking out because he’s the last man on earth. 😃