By investing our hopes, our dollars, and the efforts of our best and brightest minds in developing a biochemical solution for loneliness, we are missing the mark in spectacular fashion.
In our darkest hours, what each of us wants more than anything is to feel connected.
We are a nation of personal improvement fanatics chasing “measurable results” on treadmills—alone.
I plan to improve myself in 2019 by focusing on other people. I hope to make 2019 not the year of me, but the year of YOU. The year of rebuilding community in a hyper-individualistic world.
Healing without sharing has been lonely. A good kind of lonely, maybe—the kind usually described with lovely-sounding words like “solitude” or “seclusion.” But lately it’s started to feel like my period of spiritual confinement might be coming to an end.
I lost my home, my community, my career, my confidence, my place in the world, my sense of purpose, and even my idealism—all in the first six months of 2015. And as I started to orient myself gently in the direction of healing, I made one commitment. I would follow my intuition, no matter where it led.