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"We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life." The striking phrase that began Marina Keegan's final essay for the Yale Daily News spread like wildfire across the Internet in the wake of Keegan's tragic death from a car accident, five days after she graduated from Yale at the age of 22. Marina wanted to be a writer after college. Her story is tragic, but she has left behind something we all can learn from. She created an extensive body of work at an extremely young age, some of which has been published posthumously in a collection, The Opposite of Loneliness. Here are six things we can all learn from her: 1. Life can be a journey toward purpose and meaning -- if we ask the right questions. 2. You've got to chase something bigger than a huge paycheck. 3. The desire for human connection is universal. 4. We should appreciate the little "interesting stuff" life offers us every day. 5. Life is short. 6. But there's no such thing as "too late." There's no doubt that she would have been, and already was. In her short life, Keegan exhibited uncanny wisdom for an individual of any age, and a literary talent perhaps even more rare. It's highly likely, many commentators have noted, that Keegan would have achieved considerable literary fame and success had she lived.
What a tragedy. This makes me so sad, to think that such a beautiful young woman's life who had so much potential was cut short. But I agree, Peter, that her writings being published is a gift to us all
well said @greggr
The breadth of work she creted before even reaching 22 is surely impressive; but more than that, the knowledge she gathered is impressive. Some might mock her and think she is naive for saying to live for more than a paycheck, because money is a necessity, but she's got it right. You've got to always live for something more.
@peteryang292 at least we can read her words....
@fallingwater @flymetothemoon I know... and she was so young. It's great though that her writings are going to be published. She was so accomplished at such a young age
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