I tried to sleep. I felt all alone. darkness all around me. Just I checked my iPod today then I realized the world today is running away from what is known as loneliness. They are scared of being alone. They complain that no one’s listening. They put the good old words “Man came to this world alone, they go back alone” in banner. They contradict themselves many a times. Somehow I got a feel that many are confused about how they feel.
As the songs goes ..
Sung by: Laura Pausini
I don’t even know if he still thinks of me
Once he got on board that unforgiving train
I imagine that he whiled away the time
Through that cold grey morning and the city rain
Thinking of somebody else who’ll run to him
Who’ll ask him “did you miss me?”, “maybe now and then”
Laughing he’ll say well, he “met this funny girl”
But “just a summer think” he won’t see her again
Oh, God! I hope I’m wrong but I’m not feeling very strong
I’ve been so up and down, so sad, so happy, feeling good and bad
I’m young, I’m old, I laugh, I cry
I tell the truth, but that’s a lie
I’ve been so in and out, so wild, so well behaved, so pure defiled
Oh, solitudine! That word I hate to say
And no, I was not crazy to do what we did
I even wish I’d been a bit more crazy still
And kept a little more of him to see my through
He loved me all he could, I never had my fill
And then I’m back inside my room, he knows so well
I fell again the way he moved I take it slow
I talk to him and he becomes part of me
And then I know he’ll never let the summer go
Oh, God! I hope I’m right I won’t give in without a fight
And I can take the words they throw at me
For none of them could know that we had something
Very few will ever find their whole life through
I wouldn’t change a single day
Although the price I have to pay is solitudine
The loneliness is tearing me apart, it tears me up
It pulls me down and then it wraps around my heart
Does he remember all he said to me?
Before I start let me confess : many words stated below [or the idea] are taken from publications, reference journals, and philosophical or medical websites.
If you thought what’s the difference between Solitude and Loneliness, these words are for you. The two terms are often used interchangeably. Externally, solitude and loneliness look a lot alike. Both are characterized by solitariness. But all resemblance ends at the surface. Loneliness is a negative state, marked by a sense of isolation. Solitude is the state of being alone without being lonely. It is a positive and constructive state of engagement with oneself. Solitude is something you choose. Loneliness is imposed on you by others. Solitude restores body and mind. Loneliness depletes them. Lets look at both the terms from a wider angle.
Solitude is a state of seclusion or isolation, i.e. lack of contact with people or love. People may seek physical seclusion to remove distractions and make it easier to concentrate, reflect, or meditate. Emotional isolation is a term used to describe a state of isolation where the individual is emotionally isolated, but may have a well functioning social network.
Loneliness is a feeling where people experience a powerful surge of emptiness and Solitude. In their growth as individuals, humans start a separation process at birth, which continues with growing independence towards adulthood. To experience loneliness, however, can be to feel overwhelmed by an unbearable feeling of separateness at a profound level. This could give birth to feelings of abandonment, rejection, depression, insecurity, anxiety, hopelessness, unworthiness, meaninglessness, and resentment. If these feelings are prolonged they may prevent the affected individual from developing healthy relationships and lifestyles. Loneliness in many a times a temporary consequence of divorce or the breakup or loss of any important long-term relationship.
Loneliness can be summarized as falling into these categories:
Situational / circumstantial – loss of a relationship, move to a new city
Developmental – a need for intimacy balanced by a need for individualism
Internal – often including feelings of low self-esteem and vulnerability
Loneliness can evoke feelings of that ‘everyone else’ has friends, or that one is socially inadequate and socially unskilled. A lonely person may become convinced there is something wrong with him, or that no one understands his situation. Such a person may feel reluctant to attempt to change or to try new things. In extreme cases, a person may feel a sense of emptiness, which may become a state of clinical depression.
Now that you know the difference between Solitude and Loneliness, the cause of the emotion and the effect. Just realize the fact that your smile and your tears are a reflection of your strength and your fears! Know yourself and you would be happy.