Day 111: Loneliest Among People


“When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be even lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anybody or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.” — Fiona Apple

I was imagining someone new joining a public aerobics class. It is inevitable that awkward, self-conscious moments will ensue. Besides looking to the front, one has to keep his or her vigorous moments in check in order to not hit the neighbors. One would look towards others in need of some tension relievers, whether in the form of a smile or a laughter. When a wide-eyed plea yielded nothing, that is when the loneliest feeling would start to kick in. Even among the crowd.

Don’t worry. Life’s not that bad, thankfully. A smile is usually potent enough to set off another smile.


Central Public Library, Singapore.

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