As a cancer survivor, the month of October is a trigger for me. It reminds me of the pain I endured through my own personal journey, and it reminds me of my sweet friends who have lost their battle to the horrible disease. And, it also makes me angry. I resent the "pinkwashing" and I hate seeing pink Oreos and Potato Chips.
But, I know people who cannot stand to be alone. It drives them crazy and they don't know what to do with the silence. There is often a social stigma to being alone. Some people think of it as a "punishment", or that there must be "something wrong". How could someone want to spend time alone vs. being with a group of people?
The unfortunate reality is that our culture frowns upon silence. We are so wrapped up in FOMO (the fear of missing out), that we often use external sources to distract ourselves from personal thoughts, either happy or sad. We move right past them without acknowledgement.