The Thing About Longing

Longing is the universal experience of any being. It is described as the “strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant”. It’s true that most people, every day of their lives, are experiencing a sense of longing; it can feel claustrophobic, angering, sad, distressing-or- it can feel ambitious, dreamy, and hopeful. The problem with feeling this sense of longing is that it often can’t be expressed coherently. It is internal and private.It is quiet and often oppressing. Because of this, the sense of longing often manifests itself as the emotion of sadness.

One can be longing for a new chance at life,

Or to be able to create a new life.

One can long to be anywhere else in the world than where they are right now,

Or long to just be happier living where they are.

Some long to go back,

And some long to come home.

The thing about longing is that, for many people, and for many situations, what is longed for is unattainable.

But some people get lucky.Some people long for things, things like love and happiness, that often come without notice.

“Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?”Greta Garbo

I don’t think there is.

One Response to “The Thing About Longing”
  1. Ted Thomas says:

    What do you think penguins long for? I’m picturing that scene from Madagascar, when they escape from the Central Park Zoo, but are surrounded at Grand Central Station by police and animal control workers. The lead penguin gives them good advice: “Cute and cuddly boys — we’re cute and cuddly.”

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