In a college class I took, a presenter one day led an icebreaker game called Cross the Line. Maybe you’ve heard of it. In it, the presenter read out statements one at a time and students crossed onto the other side of the room if they agreed with the statement in question. Years later, I still remember what happened when the presenter announced, “Cross the line if you’ve ever felt lonely.” Everyone except one woman crossed. Then, a woman who had crossed along with the rest of us called out, “Well, you’re alone now.” It was funny but kind of sad.
According to a recent Globe and Mail article on a loneliness crisis, almost 25% of Canadians describe themselves as feeling lonely. Yet we don’t talk about it.
Not in an I-can’t-resist-an-ice-cream-on-a-hot-summer’s-day kind of way. More like this: what about yourself do you wish were different—but no matter what you do, you can’t seem to rid yourself of this thing completely?
Can anything beat the joy of finding a book you love so much that you have to finish it in one sitting?
I’m sure it’s possible, but for me, reading is pretty high up there in hobbies that I can get lost in. And I love getting book recommendations–but the saying goes that you have to give to get. So, how about we strike a deal? I share four books that have impacted me in some way related to my being an introvert, and you share some of yours. Just in time for summer! Sounds solid.