3/30/2008
Isolation in five paragraphs

It's a good thing sometimes. You get a much-deserved breather after seeing so many things, and going through many more. Sure, it may sound harsh, but you've got to do it sometimes. It's hard pulling the plug off your laptop, but if it gets your mind off things, then it's a necessary evil.

It's a hard thing to do. I already said this earlier, but when you're leaving something you're very much used to, you're pretty much cutting off a vein in your body. You can't live with cigarettes? That's why so many people have a hard time quitting that habit. Same goes for someone, or a particular routine, or that constant stream of information.

It's a necessary thing. If things are not going well, then you really have to pull the plug. You just have to find the right excuses to do so. Maybe, say, you really need a break, and you decide to pack your bags for a holiday. A five-day reclusion sounds nice, especially if it involves the Mediterranean, right? Nothing else to think of but you, yourself, and, what else? Maybe getting back home. But that's the bigger problem.

It's hard once you're there. You'll think of what's going on back there, and you'll think of whether you're missing something really, really crucial. Sure, you got a breather for five days, but as with college, you go back to five days' worth of homework, notes and reality. Suddenly a vacation isn't a good thing, eh? That's the irony with vacations - people do bring their laptops and try to check their email, wondering if they missed something. Suddenly you can't be away anymore.

It's harder once you get back. If you plan to go back, that is. You'll think of everything you missed, and everything you didn't do. Suddenly you're more isolated than you were at the beginning, and you wonder whether you should be isolated at all. Then again, have we got a choice?

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