Loneliness used to hit me really hard around this time: the holidays. Don’t get me wrong: it still hits, but fortunately I can sit with it now. I’ve learned to turn to family and friends, exercise, reading. (If you’ve read my book, then you know that I used to turn to one thing only: men.)
And, of course, there’s this blog.
Although an online connection can feel surreal — how well do we really know each other? — it has taken away so much of the loneliness. I can only hope that this blog is doing the same for many of you. When I read your comments, I swear I can hear some of your voices.
There’s this poem I recently read — The Rider, by Naomi Shihab Nye — which beautifully sums up my relationship with loneliness:
A boy told me
if he roller-skated fast enough
his loneliness couldn’t catch up to him,
the best reason I ever heard
for trying to be a champion…
On that note, I’m giving away an Afterglow Candle from Babeland for the holidays. Who doesn’t need a little light?
Not only does it burn up to 42 hours, but the candle doubles as a massage oil! It comes with a body brush that you can dip into the melted wax and use as massage oil on your skin (or someone else’s skin? I’m just saying!)
“More than a candle, it’s an encounter.”
So, let’s hear how you handle loneliness. What do you do when you’re feeling lonely?
If you’re inspired to get poetic, go for it! You have until Friday to participate!
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