“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.” ~ Marina Keegan
I just finished reading a collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan and I have to say that knowing she passed away and that her work was published together in book form by those who were close to her made me feel differently while reading this book. I read all her words closely and many of her short stories kind of foreshadowed her death. Obviously, that’s not what she intended, but I couldn’t help but make connections between her works of fiction with reality.
Marina is praised for being such a great author at a such young age and I have to agree. Her stories made me flashback to my college days and relive some of the topics she wrote about. Her most popular story, The Opposite of Loneliness, is really a metaphor on life. She loves the community at Yale and how students are bonded together by this commonality, and that’s she’s fearful of the future outside the security of these walls, but she knows that living in the present and what is to come will be okay. I think that her words can resonant with people of all stages of their lives and it’s important to remember to breathe and to live life to the fullest every day because you never know what might happen.
“The middle of the universe is tonight, is here, And everything behind is a sunk cost.” ~ Marina Keegan, from the poem “Bygones”