I am where I am because of the choices I made nearly a decade ago. Which is to say, after a long and winding road, I am finally in the city I wanted to live in when I was 17-years-old.
Each new year brings into my path a plethora of strangers who will learn about what I do for the first time. As they learn about my life, I discover theirs: Their career aspirations, their dreams, their pasts, their ex-boyfriends and names of failed bands; the way they live.
Isolation can be a curse, it can be the thing that drives a person to finally plunge over the edge. But, yes, in another way, I get what Bukowski is saying (or I think I do). When you're isolated, all you have is yourself.