By Eric Noel Roman
Do you ever sit and question your solitude? With the rise of our current issue over COVID-19 people have been isolated from each other. Self quarantine, stay-at-home orders, and the simple fact that everything is closed. Isolation is everywhere you look. This leads to feelings of loneliness.
I know as I sit at home and page through social media I have discovered many things. Some great, others not so much. However, I have been alone at home quite a bit. Away from my teammates, disconnected from my social circles, and not able to work. All of my avenues where I interact with other humans.
I have been at home working on my daily list of things-to-do with my dog alongside me. I began to really get lost in thought and concluded that I am lonely. I spoke out on social media and went on with my day. When I began to look at missed messages, I realized that there is no loneliness there. I was seeing friends reaching out and messaging me about concerns and well-being. Comments flooded in from all sources of social media.
Then I began to perform on social media streaming services and the reaction was superb (I am also a DJ). I had people who disagree with me, people who adore me, and people who have never met me come together to watch and listen. A light bulb turned on; alone and loneliness are very different.
I really enjoy spending time alone. I am able to collect my thoughts. I also have the opportunity to work on various projects that I have put off for quite some time. Most importantly, I have time for self improvement. All of my thoughts thinking when there was nobody there, were not accurate. I was in solidarity. In turn I have a large structure of great people who are there to make sure I am on the right track.
At times it may seem that you are going along your journey alone and you do not have any support. As you pass certain milestones, they might be overlooked by others. First remember this is a milestone for you, celebrate it, others will not always be there to pat you on the back. However, when you feel that you are lonely all you have to do is reach into your bag of social media and speak up. There is always at least one person out there who is willing to be there and show support.
Eric Noel Roman DJ, obstacle racer, motivational writer from North Miami Beach, living life one day at a time, and making a difference one person at a time.