We are all alone. Usually (thankfully) we don’t feel alone. We have family and friends – we have phones and the Internet. We feel connected to others, the community, and the world at large. Nonetheless, we are all alone. No one else thinks our thoughts, speaks our words, and experiences our experiences. No one else knows our challenges and triumphs.

There’s nothing wrong with feeling alone. On the contrary, there’s something wrong with not feeling alone. Everyone should embrace and cherish feeling alone. Go to a gathering of people you don’t know and stand awkwardly in the corner of the room. Pause for a few moments before you introduce yourself (or dash to the exit). Soak up and enjoy the feeling of being alone. That feeling is what makes you human.

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