The people mill around her: laughing, talking excitedly about what their plans are, heading out to their destination with confidence and the assurance that they were where they belonged. She looks at them silently, eyes wide as she attempts to take in the sights and sounds around her. The concourse seems huge and the task of finding her place in this wave of humanity insurmountable. No words had prepared her for this moment. No assurances that she would be okay, that she would make it on her own. For a moment she feels alone. Adrift with no anchor, no compass to guide her. She takes in a deep breath and thinks I can do this! I am strong! I do not need someone to hold my hand.
She moves forward with hesitation, looking at the posters that have been attached to the walls. Surely they will help her get to where she needs to be? Yes, there it is! Approaching the table, she is welcomed by another: her age, he smiles as he holds out his hand to greet her. The tight band of anxiety around her chest lessens a little. She realises that she will not be lonely after all.
When have you felt alone?
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Lonely)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013