June 24, 2019

June Shortlist – Why Have I Been Conditioned to Fear Solitude?

Katie F, 23

My entry explores the incessant pressure and conditioning of feeling the need to be romantically linked with another being to make you feel complete and positively accepted in society. It explores the self-doubts faced by myself as a young woman on the topics of dating and the turbulence of self-acceptance. I aim to explore my own instinct to feel loneliness and negativity towards being ‘alone’ and if I have been conditioned to feel this way. Through conditioning and the weight of social media and reality television, I feel there is a nagging pressure to always be on the lookout for love and that there is not enough celebration on who you are, without someone else, just as you are.