“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… it’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s 4 a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt.”
— Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Apparently Ms. Keegan, unfortunately, passed away in a car accident in 2012 – shortly before this was published in her alma mater newspaper, the Yale Daily News. Read her Opposite of Loneliness; I think we can all relate.