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Poemify Magazine Issue II: Editor’s Note
THIS IS WHAT ISOLATION ACTUALLY IS, BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST BEING SAD AND ALONE
Man is by nature a “social animal,” Aristotle wrote some 2,348 years ago, though modern science has shown that it’s probably the other way around:
If a great irony of the coronavirus is that its dangerous curves have forced us to reckon with how connected we are while also forcing us to keep apart, a great heartbreak of the disease is that it has underscored the many ways in which we were profoundly disconnected to begin with. When the masks come off and the chalk squares are washed away and we venture out from our metaphorical boxes, we will find that we’re changed, of that there is no question. The real question is: Will we have changed enough?
Being social is what made us human. Every human wants to socialize, have some company of three, seven, a hundred and more people to mingle with. But, with the advent of coronavirus, our social connection was severed, and everyone embraced isolation – for fear of death – which, I believe has changed the definition of isolation.
It is the blanket that envelops you in a pitch-black room. It is too cozy that it makes you forget how scared you are to be alone in the dark. It makes you believe it’s okay to be lonely.
PEACE OF MIND
It makes you realize that you don’t always have to think of something to say. It’s better not to be reactive and too sensitive.
CALM BEFORE THE STORM
It gives you a quiet time, but it can be too still you can hear your heart beating against your chest – too loud and a little too fast.
Isolation raises the voices in your head, making them stronger, louder, more persistent, and most of all, more convincing. And suddenly, the smell of your room reeks with self-pity.
Isolation is a mirage of independence and bravery. Makes one feel that one can survive without any social interaction with fellow humans. Renews self-confidence and enhances bravery, maybe.
BORING YET FRIENDLY
Isolation is a friend, but it can never make you laugh so hard until your stomach hurt. It is the silent tears – a sob that you refuse the world to hear.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
It is a ride that takes you away from everything that suffocates you. It is the path that leads you back to yourself.
DENIES ONE OF HUMAN CONNECTION
Do not turn your back from the warmth of someone’s hand over yours; the smiles that make you feel at ease; and the love that hugs you in broken places that you never know could still be put back together.
Isolation is a refuge, not a home. So, do not get comfortable with the city of refuge while home – social gatherings – beckons.
It’s okay to struggle with what is happening in the world right now. You will have bad days. You will get lonely. You will start to despise your favourite shows having watched all over and over, alone. Consider those feelings the battle scars of our generation. Wear them with pride. This too shall pass.
Imagine yourself on the other side saying “I almost gave up, but then…”
Because there is another side of this. There is hope. Take a deep breath and keep breathing from sunrise to sunset. You can live through this.
This will end, things will change again, and we will have different problems to worry about. For now, prioritize yourself and your mental and physical health. Ignore what you can and absorb what you need. Take in the sunshine and the birdsong, leave the influx of promotions and influencers.
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