Cultural Landscape Foundation
Omstead Parks

The Opposite of Loneliness

Last night I finished reading a book titled The Opposite of Loneliness. It is a collection of short stories written by a Yale graduate named Marina Keegan, who died in a car accident five days after her magna cum laude graduation.

Marina could really write. She had a play being produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job lined up with The New Yorker. It’s such a devastating tragedy for someone, anyone, to die so young, with so much life ahead of her. To celebrate her and her writing, friends and family put together a book of her stories.

The first few stories felt very young to me, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep reading. But, I did, and the rest of the stories blew me away. This young woman was wise beyond her age, with powerful words and impressive insight.

My takeaway? Spend time doing things you’re passionate about. Don’t put off that thing you’ve been wanting to do but have never made time for. Marina put time into her writing, and her words live on.



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