Alone is Alone. Not Alive.
Written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical "Company". This version of the song performed by the actor Chris Colfer.
Sondheim's song chronicles an individual's gradual awakening and acceptance of what it means to live - in embracing the necessity for human connection in order to enjoy a meaningful existence, the individual accepts that human intimacy is inevitable. People can survive alone - but can they truly live?
Many clients in therapy struggle with solitude - being alone is not the problem; it is the isolation that comes from a lack of connection with others that can feel unbearable.
The holiday season can be far from the most wonderful time of the year - behind the parties and presents, away from the crowds and the enforced good cheer, many people feel lonely and disconnected as they go through the motions of celebration.
It's the start of a new year, and as the sheen of the celebratory period wears off, what are we left with? As the everyday business of everyday living resumes, what are we gaining, what are we losing, as we face another year?
And, most importantly, how are we being alive?