“Hell is other people." That famous line comes from the play “No Exit” by Jean Paul Sartre. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature on this day in 1964. Many of us have certainly felt that sentiment at times and-- truth be told—when we were drinking we were, in fact, some of those hellish people.
My favorite line from Sartre’s play is this: “I am a gaze observing you, a formless thought that thinks you.” As a teenager I loved rolling those words around in my mouth enjoying the sensuality of his language. As a recovering woman I am reminded that my thoughts create my reality and that I can, in fact, think you.