Loving Lonely

Do you feel lonely? Many people at some point in their lives will or have said yes.

There are a multitude of reasons for feeling lonely. People blame social media, or technology in general. But maybe you just struggle to connect with people, regardless of your use of the internet.

Maybe you’re lonely for a significant other. Maybe you’re lonely because you want to feel close to someone. Anyone. But you can’t.

But you know what? That’s okay. Loneliness hurts. And it’s okay to hurt. Because hurting is part of what makes us human.

How to stop feeling lonely? I honestly don’t know. Every person is different, so each requires a different solution. Part of what brings happiness is what we give to others. If I can make someone smile today, even just one person, if I can make a difference in one person’s life, then that is what’s important.

Maybe you help others, and you try your best and you’re still lonely. Maybe your self-esteem is fine. Maybe you try to connect with people but something still is missing.

I don’t have the answer to what’s missing. I don’t know how to cure loneliness – I’m lonely too. But maybe the first step is to accept it so that you can move on. When you learn to love yourself, maybe you can learn to love lonely too.

I think Tanya Davis does a great job of summing it up:

 

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