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Fighting back Pandora’s Box

Pandora__s_Box_by_CursedCubbiesHave you ever found yourself surrounded by people, yet felt so alone? It’s as if you’re standing in the middle of a crowd, but you can see, feel or hear no-one. As if you’re encased in a vacuum, a glass case, and left feeling more lonely than you could ever be. It’s as if you’ve trapped yourself.

So how do you get out?

Sometimes it’s good to be alone. It’s actually healthy to spend periods of time alone. Doing something you want, without having anyone to disturb you. Spending time to re-engage with your own feelings, thoughts and desires.

But as the ancient Greeks admitted, humans are social beings and need to spend time around other people.

A well-known author (Jodi Picoult) wrote that loners are not alone because they enjoy solitude, no matter what they profess. They are alone “because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”

But being disappointed with the world is no reason to step away from it.

Disillusionment is a natural feeling in today’s world. People grow up with dreams, of how the world would be like, of how their own (ideal) world would be, and of the part they would play in it. And suddenly the harsh reality sets in, making them see that the real world isn’t all sunshine and roses. Because Pandora’s Box had a lot of grief, evil and wrong hidden inside, and that spilled onto mankind, and is still continuing to diffuse all the more. And despite efforts of some to “fix” the world, there are claims we are at a point where some things simply cannot be changed. Hope, though, shouldn’t be lost as easily. Because even the most earth-shattering tremours, eruptions, tsunamis, storms, hurricanes and tornadoes come to an end. And the sun still shines the next day.

It may be true that sometimes “we live as we dream, alone”, but more often than not we should try a little harder to shine behind the clouds…

 

Also part of Daily Prompt: Cut off

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One thought on “Fighting back Pandora’s Box

  1. cristyparkersmith on said:

    “A well-known author (Jodi Picoult) wrote that loners are not alone because they enjoy solitude, no matter what they profess. They are alone ‘because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.'”

    Yes and no. Yes, most people disappoint us and that is why many people choose to be alone but no, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The author has pinpointed one particular mindset along a journey and made their determination based on how it felt to be at that place in life. Five, ten, fifteen years later that same writer might have written something completely different because, looking back, they might see that that need for other people was temporary and that, in fact, it is possible to become very comfortable and even happy all by yourself. And that had things turned out differently and they were with other people they possibly wouldn’t be half as happy as they ended up being alone.

    This is probably more true for creative types since we do require a lot of solitude in order to do what we do. It almost goes against our nature to be in groups. Why do you think so few bands stay together for long periods of time? It’s cause it’s hard to find three or four or five creative people who can tolerate being around their own kind for very long. And it may have nothing to do with disappointment. Sometimes other people can do everything right but still get on our nerves.

    Sort of a, “It’s not you, it’s me,” thing. Cause believe me, when I say I want to be alone, it’s ALL me. LOL

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