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Cherie Burbach

Jodie Foster's Speech: To Be Not So Very Lonely

By January 17, 2013

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It's been several days now and people are still talking about Jodie Foster's speech at the Golden Globes. People have had mixed reactions on it, and some are commenting on what it means or doesn't mean. I'm not going to add my opinion on it, because it doesn't really matter. What really hit home in that speech was one line:

Jodie Foster

"Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely."


Lonely. There's that word again. The one we hear so often today as we try and make friends and find people we can build a genuine connection with.

I was surprised to hear this line at the end of Jodie's long speech. Regardless of what else she said, this line reminded me that we are all here trying to be appreciated and loved for who we are. We are a lonely society today. We wave at people around us but don't make communication. We chat with friends on Facebook, but couldn't tell you about the emotion we see in their eyes because we haven't seen them in person in months.

We need to be cognizant about making time to fill our social life with conversation and face-to-face time. We don't need more time online or in front of the TV. We need more time just being together.

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