Loneliness is empty, hollow, a panicky void, and depression.
It's like being in the ocean and feeling so small in its massive depths...almost like drowning.
In the end, you are alone in the universe.
No one can truly feel your pain or joy or experience all of you.
You're a world unto yourself.
You connect and form relationships with others--there is learning and growth and love and caring in that.
Talking and reaching out and being part of someone and something washes away parts of those scary feelings and creates a greater purpose of being and meaning.
But there is also silence and solitude and the darkness of the night.
And in that there is just the faith in G-d Almighty.
He alone is what comforts us as we stare into the vastness out there as well as the evil and loss that we come face-to-face with and combat in life.
The soldier girds his sword for battle and carries a shield to protect himself.
But there is no shield for the loneliness we experience in life and ultimately in death itself. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)