Saturday, November 22, 2008

Alone! Yeah!

I had a thought. Yes, time to celebrate. So I mentioned to this guy that there are no songs that inspire you when you are alone. There's nothing that celebrates being alone. Remember the song, 'Akele hain, to kya gham hai..' ? Starts off well enough, but then you realise that he's only saying its ok to be alone, as long as you're with someone. Sort of an anti-climax.

My friend says, Yeah, because it sucks to be alone. 

Hmph. Whatever happened to finding happiness within yourself and all that? Self-dependence? INdependence. 

That's all fine, apparently. You need companionship, he says. It's boring otherwise

That's just plain wrong.  One should be okay with being alone. Primarily because there is nothing wrong with being alone. And by alone, I mean I mean either a lack of friends or a lack of love, or the lack of whatever makes you feel alone. Because there is nothing wrong with it, a lot of people live all their lives alone, and its OK.

Write me a song that celebrates the idea of being alone. I hear so many people announce they love to be left alone to themselves. That they don't like company. How they're so proud that they are anti-social. And blah and blah

Write me a song. Or better still, find me a song that's already written. Come on. Please. Pretty please?


Manjunath Shevgoor said...

It IS 'ok' to be alone... but face it, it's not fun, not interesting. It sucks.

The Mad Hatter said...

I recommend reading Marcus Aurelius

Here's a quote:

People try to get away from it all - to the country, to the beach, to the mountains. You always wish you could get away too. Which is idiotic, because you can get away from it any time you like - by going within. Nowhere you can go is more peaceful - and more free of interruptions - than your own soul.

Varun B R said...

Though physically being alone helps sometimes, the above quote pretty much says it all. I liked it too.

Jayanth T N said...

This is perhaps taking it to the extreme, but, you do feel sorry for the chap in Into the Wild when he ends with "Happiness is only real if shared." Of course, in a more "normal" setting, there is absolutely nothing wrong with experiencing happiness alone.

Suprita said...

The following lines were brought to my notice by [link=]him[/link]:

"I take a bottle of wine and I go drink it among the flowers.
We are allways three ... counting my shadow and my friend the shimmering moon
Happily the moon knows nothing of drinking, and my shadow is never thirsty
When I sing, the moon listens to me in silence. When I dance, my shadow dances too.
After all festivities the guests must depart. This sadness I do not know.
When I go home, the moon goes with me and my shadow follows me"

-- Li Po – (701-762)

He also said alone != lonely.

Manjunath RG said...

Being alone and Being lonely are two different things... If u r feeling lonely its better to introspect as u r alone as well at that time...! introspection leads to thoughts and that way u wont feel lonely...!!

neo said...

this song comes quite to close to what you are looking for:
"Main Hoon Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Jhumroo"

Now that you mention it, I realise there are not many songs which celebrate this wonderful state..

Nikhil said...

Too much or too little of anything is bad and so is the case with being alone. For me its always been a case of grass being greener on the other side..i want to be alone only when I havent had personal space for a long time, otherwise as shevgoor said it pretty much sucks..

Tragicomix said...

Hey! try Sad Cat Stevens, though i don't remember the lyrics- its a gloomy bloody song! :)

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