On discomfort: loneliness

One of the worst manifestations of discomfort, for me, is loneliness. When I’m all right with myself, when I don’t feel like a fraud and things are okay, then I’m perfectly fine with my own company.

But when I’m unstable, whether that instability is internal or external, then my own company is just not enough. I regress to the age of eight, with those little self-pity fantasies building up into a world where I’ve been unjustly left alone by my friends, who have realised I’m not that interesting at all and are off doing their own thing.

It’s a circular pattern, this loneliness: it feeds off that impostor syndrome — soon people will realise I’m nothing like they thought I was — and in some awful way it becomes a self-truth and I can’t stand my own company, and I’m just an awful person.

Is this a manifestation of anxiety? I’m reasonably sure it’s not depression. But I sit here and feel hollow when I send a text and it goes unanswered (usually for perfectly good reasons). How does it emerge? Why does it emerge? I believe some of it inherited, but that’s just predisposition, isn’t it? There’s something environmental that triggers it, or highlights it, or something.

Loneliness is when the echo chamber of your own head only repeats the bad stuff you write about yourself. Solitude is when you take time for yourself, to think, to reflect, to consider, to digest, in your own company and no one else’s.

I’m in a loneliness place tonight. I hope I’m not there tomorrow.

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One Response to On discomfort: loneliness

  1. Ragna Hrafnamadur says:

    Trust me, you won’t be. There will be something – a couple walking in the park, the glint of sunlight over water on a fine day, even a stupid cat .gif on teh interwebz – that will remind you that things are better than you believe them to be. The world is not inherently hostile or benevolent. The world is what it is. If we allow it to oppress us, it will do that. If we allow it to uplift us, it will do that too. The choice – and it is a choice – is always ours. Choose wisely, and well.