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Feeling lonely? Chill! You are not alone! by Ishita Ganguly

Loneliness is often associated with a fear of being left alone. That's why most of us do not want to be lonely. We are scared of being left out and so desperately seek company even from toxic people. On the other hand, staying lonely is not bad. Unless you label it as a dead depressing thing to deal with!

When you are alone you can see the world in a different light. Instead of being paralyzed by fear, understand that when you are left to your own devices you can go anywhere you want, and do things as you desire. It's up to you to decide whether you want to be miserable being alone or you want to enjoy your life to the fullest!

Also, you can reflect on your life and make some serious decisions when alone. You will also get some brilliant ideas in your solitude. If you work on those ideas you will definitely reach greater heights. Artists and writers prefer some seclusion to create good art.

Loneliness should not be feared. Accept it. At some point, you have to be alone. If you are someone who constantly seeks company you should learn to stay alone at least for a while. No one can continuously provide companionship to you. Also, some moments can't be shared with others even your loved ones.

But if you are burdened with loneliness definitely seek professional help. Go out, reach out to people! If loneliness is costing your mental health you should be proactive and ask friends and family for meet-ups.

My point is that loneliness is not a scary Devil! And at some point in life, you will have to deal with it, but if you are wary of staying alone go out with friends and have fun! Life has every shade to choose from and you can always choose your favourite colour!

- Ishita Ganguly


Introducing Ishita Ganguly

I am a published author, poet, freelance writer, and editor from Kolkata, India. I write in both English and Bangla. Writing is my passion, obsession and now a full-time profession. I am the author of the book, "Stories from the City called Kolkata". My articles have been published in prestigious Indian newspapers like The Times of India and The Hindu. Over 100 articles and poems written by me have been published in several renowned international magazines and websites. My writing courses are available on Udemy, the world’s number 1 learning platform. I have been interviewed by youth magazines and featured in podcasts. I am also a co-author of five international anthologies and the editor of the international poetry anthology, “Expressions from the Heart.”

Retro Kolkata : When did you start writing? Do you remember the first time you wrote something?

Ishita : My parents always said I started writing as soon as I could wield a pencil. That was when I was a toddler. I used to snatch pens or pencils from my father or sister and scribbled on any paper I could get my hands on!

When I was about 5 or 6-year-old I had a diary where I would write down poems. That's the first memory of me pouring my thoughts on paper and cherishing the whole process of writing!

Retro Kolkata : Could you talk about how your work has developed or changed since you first started writing?

Ishita : As a child I was an impulsive writer. I would write when I was hit by a sudden urge or an inspiration. After that when I was working in the corporate sector in the Edutech industry for about 5 years, I got the responsibility of creating academic content for the schools. I had deadlines to hit and at the time I realized writing is something that doesn't need to wait for inspiration. You can write when you want to write.

And later, when I became a freelance writer I was sure of this fact! Because I was then creating specific content for clients and brands and meeting strict deadlines all the way. Over the years, I have discerned the technicalities in different forms of writing. And this has helped me polish my work. I understood the most important thing about writing - you don't need to wait for inspiration to hit you! A writer can write if they want to write.

Retro Kolkata : What was the source of your inspiration earlier? Did it change with time?

Ishita : Different life situations have inspired me. People have inspired me, art, photography, music, poetry, stories, artists, writers, so many things have been my source of inspiration. Most importantly, life was and is the biggest source of inspiration for me.