Company of Me

MANY people are facing their demons for the first time. Those of us who have had a head start in this department can be thankful that to a degree, we were prepared for the solitude, anxiety and soul-searching that lockdown inevitably entails. I guess this is why so many fight tooth and nail for the right to hang out with the crowd, perhaps not so much because they are selfish but because it is the only way they know how to shut up their inner demons. They are literally afraid of ther own shadow. So much as it is tempting to judge, just remember what’s at the back of it when you see people flagrantly breaching COVID restrictions.

As for confronting your demons, athough it is not without pain, it’s not as bad as you think. Once you get to know them, it can actually be quite satisfying. At least that has been my experience. Think of it as a team-building exercise (Storming, Forming and Norming)!


  1. V.J. Knutson says:

    Love that last bit – good way to describe facing demons, and I think you’re on to something – forced solitude can be most disconcerting.


    1. mkmacinnes says:

      It’s also a way to reconnect wth oneself. Many of the mental health issues we are currently experiencing are less to do with isolation itself but learning how to deal with the ‘stuff’ that we ignore about our deepest selves.

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      1. V.J. Knutson says:

        Undoubtedly. My isolation began many years ago when chronic illness struck. Thankfully, I had a good psychologist who helped me wade through the ‘stuff’.


      2. mkmacinnes says:

        Me too. I went into self-imposed lockdown due to a chronic illness 2-3 years back, which still makes it stressful to hold normal conversations with people. Even before that I was more at home in my own company, but it took many years to get to that point from being clingy in my youth.

        Good on you for making the most of the ‘opportunity’ to heal more than just your illness ❤

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      3. V.J. Knutson says:

        Sorry to hear you have gone through similar things, and nice to meet someone who understands. Thanks.


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