the opposite of loneliness

Have you guys read about Marina Keegan? She died in a car accident on Saturday right after graduating from Yale, before she started a job as an assistant at the New Yorker, at the young age of 22. She was a talented writer. Here's an bit from "The Opposite of Loneliness," the commencement piece she wrote for the Yale Daily News.

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow and leave this place.

It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt.

So young. So young.
And so talented.

[photo taken from Facebook]


Celia said...

jesus! what tragic news. all i can think of are her poor parents.

Ashley said...

Exactly as Celia said, I can't imagine the family's grief. What a sad loss!