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I'm Incredibly Lonely Right Now

  1. May 7, 2005 #1

    loseyourname

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    I don't think I've felt this way since my first night in North Carolina 6 years ago. My stomach literally feels completely empty, to the point of shrinking in on itself, despite the fact that I just ate. It is difficult to understand what brought this on. I'm not alone. There are plenty of people around here. I was just at the gym playing basketball for a few hours with some guys I know, and I've probably got a date lined up for this weekend. It's just that all of a sudden, I feel like a foreigner in a new country who doesn't speak the language yet and can't interact in any meaningful way with those who make up his immediate surroundings. Even PF seems boring right now, with repetitive and dull threads in which nothing is accomplished other than people continuing to hold the exact same points of view and not seeming to learn anything outside of the Homework Help forum. The Dodgers won big and are in first place and I don't care. My fantasy baseball team is dominantly in first place and I don't care. The semester is almost over and I have good classes and I don't care. What gives?
     
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    Being single really sucks sometimes, but it always seems to suck big long ones even MORE when you hit holidays, and you're lingering at home, all by yourself, with just a cat for company... :frown: :frown: :frown:

    *SO*- did any of you other single Ladies and Gents here on the Boards do anything nice for yourselves today--and if so, what was it??? :smile: :smile: :smile:
     
  4. May 7, 2005 #3

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    Don't worry, I'll come over and you'll have a good time! :biggrin:
     
  5. May 7, 2005 #4
    You need something to look forward to. I have an idea that really enlightened me. Go by youself, or with a close friend, and spend a few months in a country where you don't speak the language.

    I spent 3 months in Mexico and I didn't speak any Spanish. A friend of mine found a site about a catholic church in Mexico City that accepts volunteers. I worked about 6 hours a day 5 days a week and received free room and board. I worked in a carpentry shop making chairs and tables and painting things. I helped lay the foundation for a new building. Helped old people get to church. Brought all the water bottles to the refilling center. Little things like that are a big challenge when you can't communicate with anyone. That part of not being able to communicate is very important. As soon as I was isolated from people it became very important to find a way to communicate.

    I also worked in an indian village in the mountains and painted the interior of a church. I was with a group of Italians and made new friends. (One of them spoke some broken English. He was a huge help for me.) All the volunteers would take trips. We went to Acapulco (way tourist) Teotihuacan, clubs in Mexico D.F. and I later went to Puerta Vallarta and spent Christmas and New Years sitting on a beach with no roads drinking beer and eating homemade pie as a guy walked around on the beach with a big fat log of marijuana in his hand.

    There's all sorts of things you can do. Take a summer off and work on a fishing boat in Alaska. Get a job in a pub in England. Ride a bike across Australia and do a little diving in the barrier reef. Just go for a skydive someplace nearby. That's an amazing sensation, just like flying. Experience the world. Its a thrill. Challenge youself at every level.

    edit- It won't stop you from being sad or lonely, but it does change things somehow. Makes it seem bearable.

    edit- How about a road trip after your finals. Go with a bunch of friends to Vegas or Miami or wherever would inspire you. See something you've always wanted to see.
     
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  6. May 7, 2005 #5

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    No, he just needs me to send him a picture of my melones grandes and he'll be feeling much better. :approve:






    (I'm an avid gardener)
     
  7. May 7, 2005 #6

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    Either a big case of boredom or the blues. Sometimes I feel that way when I've been out with a big group of people having a lot of fun and then come home to the empty, quiet house. For me, it's just the transition from being loud and crazy and having a great time to suddenly having nobody but myself to talk to. Though, sometimes it can just be a case of boredom brought on by fatigue...you know, where you could get up and do something to entertain yourself, but for whatever reason, you're just too tired to do it.

    See if a good night's sleep cures it. If not, make yourself go out and do something with some other people, and see if that works. Only if the feeling keeps lingering is there any reason to worry something might be wrong. It could be something simple like you're coming down with a cold and feeling lethargic, or some mild depression, though that doesn't usually just hit so hard and fast, more like something that creeps up on you slowly.

    Or maybe it's just time for a change of pace. Maybe you just need to try something different that you haven't done before.

    Hope you snap out of it soon, whatever it is. :smile:
     
  8. May 7, 2005 #7
    Now that you mention it I'm feeling kind of blue myself. Can you send that picture to me too?
     
  9. May 7, 2005 #8

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    I know I would. :biggrin:
     
  10. May 7, 2005 #9

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    Don't believe it. I have been influenced by PF, and I see others that have been as well. Ideas are powerful things, especially in this format.

    As for depression, maybe a thrill would help. Make a change...do something new such as... I don't know....go skydiving. At one point Tsu and I were both really down, so we went and did a tandem cable drop - much like bungee jumping. We didn't stop smiling for days.
     
  11. May 7, 2005 #10
    Wallow in it. Don't try to feel happy, that's the worst thing you can do.
     
  12. May 7, 2005 #11
    I bought myself a case of beer. Then I drank it. Now I'm feeling good.
    ;)
     
  13. May 7, 2005 #12

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    I agree. When it seems boring, it just means it's time to visit one of the subforums I infrequently enter, or reply to one of those posts I've been ignoring because it requires some research to discuss intelligently (in other words, I go do the lit searches and learn something new). This board was moving a little slow tonight, so I went to one of my other less frequented haunts on the internet and spent some time searching for US Supreme Court cases to support my arguments. I learned a lot of new things reading through those, and reminded myself of a number of things I had forgotten. Good fun! (Yeah, I have a warped sense of fun.)

    If it's just a mild case of boredom/blues, then things like that really work well to snap you back out of it. You don't even have to do something that extreme. Maybe it's time to just throw an impromptu party, or go to a local museum you never get around to visiting, or just try a new restaurant. Hmm...as I'm thinking of it, maybe if it's nice tomorrow, I'll go visit the zoo. I haven't been there in a while and this is the time of year when everything is in bloom (it's a combo zoo and botanical gardens). I never get there while things are in bloom...not sure if our recent cold weather and rain has ruined the flowers or not, but if it has, there are still sure to be baby animals around to watch...that'll cheer up anyone!
     
  14. May 7, 2005 #13
    Spend some time--two or three hours--lying down with your eyes closed, being aware of how you feel.
     
  15. May 7, 2005 #14

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    You might be interested to know that I've won about 17 consecutive games of checkers at www.moonbear.com. Did you know that existed?

    Anyway, I think BicycleTree is right. You may as well experience everything you go through to the fullest and not fight against it provided it is not a direct threat to your existence. There is nothing wrong with sadness. It comes and goes and is an integral part of humanity. We should all know it as intimately as we should happiness and love and all of the other overhyped emotions that everyone is always seeking to the detriment of alternatives.
     
  16. May 7, 2005 #15

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    LOL! Nope, had no idea! :rofl:

    To some extent, that's true. Guys don't often admit it, but most women know that sometimes a good cry is the best thing for you. It's only a problem if it doesn't go away; it's not good to be sad too long. But, dammit, it's contagious tonight! :grumpy: I just got an email from my uncle that my youngest cousin and his wife just had a baby boy, and while I should be happy, it just left me suddenly feeling very lonely. Sometimes I really hate living so far from family. I miss out on so many of the wonderful things, like snuggling new babies. :frown:
     
  17. May 7, 2005 #16

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    Do you really know what are the consequences of what you have just said in Spanish?.

    Any spaniard will understand as melones grandes your teats. If you knew it yet I celeb your high skill of spanish, and I would want to see that picture too... :smile:
     
  18. May 7, 2005 #17

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    I usually ran out of steam at the end of a semester, especially if I had been working hard, getting little sleep. It sounds like a mild case of depression.

    There are several things one can do:

    1) Get some sun - lack of sun can lead to mild depression (e.g. seasonal affective disorder).

    2) Avoid or mimimize alcohol.

    3) Eat nutritious foods - particularly those with Vitamin B-complex.

    4) Take to your friends, e.g. as you are posting in this thread.

    5) Do some activity - not necessarily thrilling like skydiving or bungee jumping - but something that gets the heart pumping.

    6) Try meditation - that's one of my methods, which works for me.


    Well, I am out of other ideas for now. I have to go collect the garbage, spread out some new grass seed, and go shopping for trees. Ah, the idyllic life of a domesticated man. :biggrin:

    One after thought - try the Satriani concert on-line - and Crank it up. :biggrin:
     
  19. May 7, 2005 #18
    Whew - this was such a good description of loneliness; well written, loseyourname. It's horrid when even PF doesn't help, isn't it? I rely on hanging out, reading people's conversations here quite a lot to avoid that empty feeling, and usually it works. But sometimes it doesn't... But, loseyourname, you're not afraid to be alone. That's a good thing. As you say in a later post, one must experience all states of being. I believe that too. You haven't been reading any philosophy lately, have you? I find that I can only read philosophy (and poetry - oh yes, and politics!) in quite small doses, otherwise it gets me down. To stabilise myself when I'm very 'down', I do maths. There's nothing like the immersion in the type of thinking that maths demands to sort out the 'emotional' side of life.
     
  20. May 7, 2005 #19
    So is mine. Who do you have?
     
  21. May 7, 2005 #20

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    i find getting outdoors and taking hikes help me snap out of whatever blue phase i am experiencing. not hiking much these days however, not even 5 months along yet and my center of gravity is rapidly shifting! someone very close to me experiences the blues very often, often enough where medication is necessary. i don't recommend alcohol honestly when you are down, being sober and clear thinking is the best way to endure times like these.
     
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