A 22-year-old Yale graduate, Marina Keegan, who wrote her life’s lessons in a final column for the Yale Daily News, died on Saturday May 26,2012 days after graduating. But the words of her essay,”The Opposite of Loneliness” will live on.I have been reading it and am in awe at how it is most definitely beyond her years. According to Yale Daily News, she was “a prolific writer,actress and activist” who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Yale with a concentration in writing. She had just landed a job at The New Yorker as an editorial assistant and was moving to Brooklyn to start this new journey.She was also the President of the Yale College Democrats and a member of Occupy Yale.
It is still so surreal how this young girl had such a wise soul.There are so many nuggets of wisdom in her essay “The Opposite of Loneliness”,but I can’t duplicate this masterpiece but these are the words that touched me:
“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.”
“But let us get one thing straight: the best years of our lives are not behind us. They’re part of us.”
“We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”
“The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious.”
“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I’d say that’s how I feel at Yale. How I feel right now. Here. With all of you. In love, impressed, humbled, scared. And we don’t have to lose that.”
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