I published this post on February 1st, 2012 on my lame little Athens blog that no longer publicly exists. Loneliness is something I’ve had to deal with while living abroad. I remember, and maybe idealize, my life in college as one in which I never felt lonely, but this post is a reminder that the enriching, stimulating days were, at times, the minority.
There is a lot to say on the topic of loneliness; this is only the beginning.
Today was hectic, but I loved it. I went to two classes, met with a member of my bag committee, made a phone call to an Athens-Clarke County commissioner, worked on some ArcGIS tutorials, met with an old professor, sang in chorus, skyped with a friend, and participated in our inaugural Sinai Scholars class during which we critically analyzed and discussed the Ten Commandments.
Today reminded me how stimulating it is to connect with other people. I know that may sound simple, but being that this semester is atypical for me (I’m not really on campus that often and I’m invested in a lot of personal, individual projects), I sometimes find myself alone for most of the day. I can get caught up looking inwards instead of outwards. It’s true – there is a part of me that thrives on self reflection – but there is also a hunger to know other people’s minds.
So, I guess here’s to “continuing to know other people’s minds.”