A couple of days ago a friend posted on Facebook that he was at the beach alone “like a loser.” Fortunately, he deleted it within minutes. He doesn’t live far from me, so he could have come over and played a game of chess!
That reminded me of the time when I was 11 and wanted to go out with friends on a Saturday afternoon. My wise old grandmother said no; she had every reason to say no since she had just adopted a juvenile delinquent—me!
I had to spend the day alone, or as I thought at the time, “lonely.”
As I continued to complain about being lonely, she finally said to me, “There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. If you are lonely, turn that loneliness into an opportunity to be alone.”
I didn’t know what she meant then—I was 11 and wanted to be with my friends!—but I do now. Heck, there are times when I’m with a huge group of people and feel very lonely.
I thought for today’s Music on Mondays I’d look at some good songs about being alone and loneliness.
“All By Myself” by Eric Carmen
“Circle of One” by Oleta Adams
“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
“Killing Loneliness” by HIM
“Lonely People” by America
“One” by Three Dog Night
“Pretend That You’re Alone” by Keane
“You’re Only Lonely” by J.D. Souther
And that lets me end with this solution by The Beatles:
“With A Little Help From My Friends”
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