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How Loneliness Can Drive People to Do Many Senseless Things

Updated on March 28, 2016
Begging to let archers to shoot apples from the top of your head is one dangerous sign of loneliness.
Begging to let archers to shoot apples from the top of your head is one dangerous sign of loneliness. | Source
Bronco-busting with no training is what some lonely people might do.
Bronco-busting with no training is what some lonely people might do. | Source

I need your attention

May I? Thanks. One of the worst feelings in life is loneliness. Also being lonely, feeling lonely, alone, by yourself, and alone against the world. I think I have made my point.

I am not ashamed to admit that many times over the course of my life I have not only felt, but been so lonely that it was confusing when I was depressed. Personally, I think they are related.

Be honest. What degree of Loneliness have you ever felt?

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Who has the market cornered on loneliness

Lonely is somehow equated with single people. And while that is true up to a point, even married couples can experience loneliness. Want to hear something right out of a sci-fi feature? Some married people experience loneliness even when they are with each other. That is a strange place to be.

Loneliness, to play the devil's advocate (Keano Reeves plug), does not discriminate. People of all ages, sizes, colors, and national origin can and will experience loneliness over the course of their lives.

Showing up at parties uninvited to do your Chuck Connors impression is one way some people cope with tough loneliness.
Showing up at parties uninvited to do your Chuck Connors impression is one way some people cope with tough loneliness. | Source
Many lonely people might consider being a bullfighter, but ignore any training. Another diversion to being lonely.
Many lonely people might consider being a bullfighter, but ignore any training. Another diversion to being lonely. | Source

Loneliness drives people to do weird things

A very disturbing result of being lonely is desiring to do weird things in order to get someone's attention. This is a true fact that I did not run across in McCall's or Cosmopolitan. I witnessed this sad fact for myself right in front of my eyes. And talk about horrible. It was so horrible I felt the heat of tears in my teenage eyes. No, this time, it was not me who was acting strange.

It's not that people who do these weird acts are mentally-challenged or experiencing a break-down, it's just the deep need inside of them to just be with people or some cases, one person. I say this for both you and myself for when we see someone doing something we call "stupid," due to loneliness, we will not hang our head in embarrassment and walk away.

Along with the captions I hope you will read under the photos on this hub, I also want to present

How Loneliness Can Drive People to Do Many Senseless Things

In honor of all lonely people everywhere, I proudly present this vintage video

Doing George Lopez impressions. Much like Chuck Connors impressions, but George Lopez.
Doing George Lopez impressions. Much like Chuck Connors impressions, but George Lopez. | Source
Trying to be like Joey Chestnut, competitive eater to get plenty of attention from others.
Trying to be like Joey Chestnut, competitive eater to get plenty of attention from others. | Source
Barging into a hairstyling salon and going right to work all without being interviewed. You will meet the salon owner who will curse you out and fire you.
Barging into a hairstyling salon and going right to work all without being interviewed. You will meet the salon owner who will curse you out and fire you. | Source
Pan handling to meet new people, but you get beaten up by REAL pan handlers.
Pan handling to meet new people, but you get beaten up by REAL pan handlers. | Source
Hitching rides with people and sticking your head out the window to yell at strangers to get sympathy from them.
Hitching rides with people and sticking your head out the window to yell at strangers to get sympathy from them. | Source
Causing brawls in bars to interact with people. Note: this is from the film, "Boss of Bullion," 1940.
Causing brawls in bars to interact with people. Note: this is from the film, "Boss of Bullion," 1940. | Source
  • Revving-up your car and charging through the gates of Paris Island, S.C., where Marine Corps. recruits get their boot camp training. What a "greeting" you will suddenly receive.
  • Sneaking into the trunk of a newlywed couple's car and popping out when they arrive at the motel where they are going to enjoy their honeymoon.
  • Eating potato chips inside a packed movie theater just to hear human voices to tell you to, "please shut that gorging up!"
  • Standing directly in front of the screen (in same movie theater) and making animal shadows.
  • Upon being tossed out of (same movie theater) stopping at the snack bar and dive into the popcorn machine.
  • Running through a packed shopping mall in a Dracula costume yelling, "I'm out for blood!"
  • Doing Gary "Radar O'Riley" Burghoff impressions in any given O' Charley's locations. This includes impressions of Chuck "Lucas McCain" Connors and George Lopez at other O' Charley's locations.
  • Walking slowly through Harlem near evening dusk and yelling, "I can whip anyone in this place. I dare you! Come on out an try me!"
  • Talking your unsuspecting friend into playing the old standard game, "Shooting Gallery," which is easy. All you and your friend do is pick out a tree for each of you, hide behind it and shoot at each other with sling-shots, but using explosive fireworks, not rocks.
  • Spending your life savings on a trip to Niagara Falls then ask a crowd of people enjoying this truly amazing sight, "Want to see me jump?"
  • Sitting on a bench in any given mall and when a couple, man and woman, walk by, run after them, put your arm around them and say, "No matter where you are going, I am going too."
  • Crashing a birthday bash for Vietnamese people who live near you and forcing the female guests to dance with you.
  • You join a martial arts class and always volunteer to be the bad guy who gets beaten up by members of this class in hopes that they will feel sorry for you and ask you to eat dinner with them after class.
  • You sell your home, car, and belongings and start your own dating company, but you have to wear a lot of disguises to date all of the girls who fill-out applications for true love.
  • You are so desperate and lonely that you start a Salsa dancing class in your community center just so you can hold a pretty girl in your arms even if you are nowhere near knowing what Salsa dancing means.
  • Get on your knees on the sidewalk in front of the city hall and propose to every girl who goes by you.
  • Reading this hub to complete strangers, but in a German accent.

Note: I would share more things with you, but I suddenly have an urge to test-drive a new Mercedes-Benz and take it off-road mud riding with a couple of pretty girls who live across the road from me.

I would sing

"Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," by The Beatles, for you, but I am not that lonely and neither are you.

This is stupid, but a lot of lonely persons could have thoughts of confessing to crimes they did not commit only to be with people--for a few minutes before they fire at them.
This is stupid, but a lot of lonely persons could have thoughts of confessing to crimes they did not commit only to be with people--for a few minutes before they fire at them. | Source

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