Deb Olin Unferth on Loneliness

“You can be a lot of things and be lonely. You can do exciting things and be lonely. You can fall in love and be lonely. You can be content and be lonely. Once you’ve felt that kind of deep alienation, it changes you permanently. Permanent change means a lack of full recovery. If a man has an accident and limps for the rest of his life, we say he never fully recovered. You can even be lonely and be lonely.”