The Interior of Loneliness (Today's Daily Remembrance)

It feels like my life is somewhat imploding currently, mostly due to ongoing problems at my job. I’ve written about feeling as though I can’t avoid the inevitable collapse of my defenses and strategies for avoiding a breakdown. Today, I went to my primary care doctor and spent half the time crying about the state of affairs in which I find myself. Where I ended up at was articulating how little social capital I feel that I possess–how few people and related resources I have when the chips are down. I’m both lonely and alone.

My loneliness is not rooted in feeling a lack of feeling deeply connected, rather, it is more foundational to what it means to be a “social animal” as humans are. In other lives, I would have been cast out of the tribe or burned as a witch or left without a defender when the enemy arrived. I’m an outsider not the 80’s teen movie version where the outsiders join up and rebel, but in a way that leaves me truly isolated. In my weakest moments, I wish I’d been born with less capacity for insight and self-reflection, because I think my ability to recognize how differently others hold intimacy as compared to how I do makes what I lack all the more painful. I’m missing both the ability to feel safeness within closeness as well as the ability to receive what others offer in terms of intimacy.

Today, I have no solutions and no advice to myself or anyone like me. I don’t know how to fix it and I felt insulted and misunderstood when my doctor pushed medicine to “reduce stress.” As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t a pill to allow a person to love and be loved; it’s rooted in attachment and hard to change. I guess as we approach a day of which I’m not very found, I will have to content myself in knowing that my loneliness and alienation are real, they have consequences in my life and that all I can offer myself is compassion in sitting with the difficulty of those emotions. Do you relate to any of the thoughts and feelings I’ve shared? If so, what has helped you feel compassion for yourself in this space?

3 thoughts on “The Interior of Loneliness (Today's Daily Remembrance)

  1. I can relate to some of what you said. I’m unsure how much, because you illustrate it so well, it’s like I’m there with you. I recall the physical and psychic ache of loneliness, and of wondering how much was based in a fundamental human design difference, and how much was due to the particular social circumstances. Trusting is hard work. I struggle with attachment. I’m sorry your primary care doctor misunderstood, that’s rough. Honestly, I don’t think I was ever good at self compassion around this stuff. It’s easier for me to be gentle with others’ pain. I’m more likely to tell myself to buck up. 🙂 I hope you do better than I.

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  2. I feel sad reading that self-compassion is hard for you, because the support you offer to my posts has been so kind. I hope you know you deserve every bit of hope you give to others.

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