Are you alright?

This song touched my heart with its simplicity. Sometimes life takes you away from people who were once close to you. You slowly drift apart, drowning in the sea of everyday routine. Every now and then however you ask yourself: “I wonder how he/she is? Is he/she alright? If not, is there anything I can do for her/him?”

Or even worse – you suddenly learn that this person went through a very tough patch in life and you were not there for her/him. You had no chance to help or at least share the pain and now it is too late… You did not know, but that does not make that lump of bitter guilt inside you any smaller.

Even when you are trying to keep in touch with people who were once close to you, it often ends up in a superficial polite conversation about work, family, children, weather and lots of routine trivial things, while the most important questions go unanswered and often unasked. No words can hide the awkwardness and emptiness that speaks…

Are you alright? Do you have someone whom you can tell anything that worries you, anything that comes to your mind? Do you have someone to give you a hug whenever you need one?


Have a wonderful week and keep smiling 🙂 


18 thoughts on “Are you alright?

  1. There are days when this song is very pertinent. Like now! I wish life wasn’t as cruel as it is. Sometimes things get in the way that you are powerless to do anything about. Those times when being alone comes to haunt you a a default position you go back to when there’s no other place to go. But I know it will pass. I know we have had RUOK days. I think sometimes we should have more of them.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      So true, Michael. Life can be very cruel at times and it is so much harder to face that cruelty alone, when there is no one by your side. I’m not used to living alone and would find that very hard. Even if physically I’m alone, the thought of nearest and dearest always warms up my heart. Take care of yourself, Michael, and have a wonderful week 🙂

  2. spirited13 says:

    This was very well said and a reminder that we should remember to smile at the face in our mirror every morning too, because if we çan’t like or love that face, how can we expect others to? Please be kind to yourself as well as mindful of others….Sending Blessings, Barbara xxxxx

  3. Fantastically touching, thank you!

  4. Thanks for sharing a wonderful song and great post! I feel like this all the time. However, if you are really worried about someone, I say ask the important questions! We can’t control how they answer, if you haven’t been in touch, people will usually lie and say that they are fine. But you never know, maybe they’ve been waiting for someone to ask. Nonetheless, you show that you care. That’s sometimes all we can do. We can’t control the fact that we have drifted apart over time, but you can be there for them now. Hope your day is going well! ❤

  5. Thanks so much for posting this song! This is a great question to ask anyone–especially those we love! This song too is striking a cord with me at this moment because Robin Williams and his death have been on my mind. Imagine what type of world we would live in if we asked this question often!

  6. thanks for the reminder about how so many spend their time discussing “non-issues” (like weather or “news” from around the world) just because no one wants to FEEL or face change up close. THANKS for the introduction to a great artist. MOST importantly, in my opinion, don’t take everything at “face” value. see them as a consciousness just like you- and 99% of you is NOT spoken. thanks for the hug and smile, and right back at you – from a stranger that appreciates the smile you added today to the world!!

  7. 50djohnson says:

    It is even more poignant when you are the one going through the rough patch and those close to you don’t know, don’t call, and don’t seem to care. I’ve just coming through what I call the valley of pain and sorrow. A three year patch of loss of family and 3 major surgeries. I’ve now been practically housebound for over a year. I’m just now going to get to drive today . I’m so excited. but somehow I will look at some od my so -called friends and realize they are oh so shallow and are only around for when the fun is happening. I’ve just started blogging and would love for you to swing by and read some of my poetry. Thanks!

  8. dweezer19 says:

    Fortunately–and unfortunately, this person is my husband. He is always ready to rally, defend and “fix” things. Unfortunately if we are at odds I am terribly desloate. 😔

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