Something Universal: The Opposite of Loneliness

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan a Yale student has gone viral. It’s a simple expression of someone who felt that she had all the time in the world, so, the fact that Marina was killed  in a car accident on May 26th a few days ago makes it sadly poignant.

If there is something in this essay that appeals to any young person or parent of a young person all around the world it is the common sentiment that dominates much of what young people face when they leave a University for the real world.

As a mum myself, would love to add a footnote to my daughter and all you young people out there: drive safely and with those who drive safely. It may or not have made a difference but I would rather have you alive to experience life even if you never made headlines anywhere in the world than viral in untimely death.
“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember.” Please read The Opposite of Loneliness 

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