22 September 2006


“All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone” : Jean de la Bruyere

Alone.. Strange word it is.. Dictionary meaning says "Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only, Unique; rare; matchless-- applied to a person or thing,"

This afternoon i was surrounded by atleast 100 people in the college canteen.. chatting..blabbering..laughing..screaming.. still i was alone.. May be when you are reading this, you are alone yourself. What??? You are not. Think again..

So, what being alone means. Is it a good thing or is it not? The answer lies with you. You what you are, when you are surrounded by others, some who matter and most who don't, or when you are with YOU??

Creativity somebody said that is an individual effort. Some of the most creative people are loners. They prefer to spend time away from coworkers, alone with their own thoughts and ideas. They may be difficult to talk to, even to find, and may not like working on teams. A lone genius can never fight with multiple mediocre minds. Is it true??

All of us have a mask which hides our own identity. The only time we are not with that mask, is the time we are alone. As Henry David Thoreau once said, “I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” Who judges what we are good at or what not? Is it the people who 'know' you or who think they know you or your own self??

Is it only that presence of somebody means that you are not alone. or is that you can be alone in a literal sense, but still not alone because somebody or something is constantly with you??

How many times, has it happened with you that you feel alone in the company of a dozen, sometimes even a hundred people. and How many times has it happened that you are 'alone' in your room, staring at the fan above and still feel somebody's warmth around you??

Confused? I am as well.. Everything i have said here ends with a question mark And this is the very purpose of this post. Not to philosophize on something. But to Raise Questions and Start a thought process. When you are done reading this, just think about it and whenever you think you are alone. Remember.. It aint that bad either..

1 comment:

preet ki reet said...

This is absolutely not true dear! there is always someone there for you. We are never truly alone. Its all in our mind. We see only the things our mind wants us to see. :)