It has been a bit more than seven hours and fifteen days since I moved here. Today, I want to be a bit more sentimental, putting together some thoughts.
I got nice classmates — working professionals in suits, with Mac in their brown bags. I met nice international students — people looking for the American Dream, with Hoya folders with Jack‘s portrait in their backpacks. It is been so informative time for me. Whenever I go out with my new friends, women talk about men, men talk about women. I listen and I think: how random this city is.
Random city with random professional with big ambitions. Even if I love Washington, D.C., I found out that it is so hard for people to build relationships here. They go out, random talk on a random bar over the cocktail, random phone calls, random nights… and everyone clearly understands how random all this is. John T Cacioppo, a neuroscientist who has been studying human isolation and connection for three decades, recently revealed that 20% of the population feels unhappily isolated at any given time despite all the friends and fans they may have amassed on Facebook and other social networking sites. I watch people in a metro and wonder why am I wearing headphones all the time, staring at eReader, avoiding the eye-contacts and disturbingly honestly, I do not mind it.
On this mood, I took some time to look at Steve McCurry’s blog. He has a great talent of talking about human values that we sometimes prefer to ignore. And on this mood, I am showing you my random photographs with random quotes about loneliness.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. – Mother Teresa
One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul, and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. – Vincent Van Gogh
They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. – Sir Philip Sidney
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. – Joseph F. Newton