Holy-moly. We have spent three whole weeks talking about loneliness. I feel better. I hope you do, too.
My husband is studying at his parents’ house today; they have better sunlight in their house. My best friend is with her family in a different city. And my list of people to hang out with doesn’t extend a whole lot further than them.
But, today, I can choose not to be lonely. I can go to a nice coffee shop, drink my soy flat white, and feel connected to some of the people here, smile at them and enjoy watching them laugh with their friends, with their families. I take in the sunlight today, because tomorrow it may be gone. It is winter, after all.
Tomorrow, I may feel differently. I might not feel okay on my own. Even after all of these posts on beating loneliness, we have to realize that it might come back. It might come back every day.
But now I know, and I hope that you do, too, that there are things I can do – I can enjoy being with myself, I can branch out and meet other people either by helping them or by joining them, I can find meaning and purpose in every day, and I can find comfort in a higher power.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope and pray we can continue on together.
Please, please, please remember. You are not alone.
Stay tuned for the upcoming e-book, Loneliness: It’s All of Us
Did you miss one alone the way? Check out the rest of the “Loneliness Series”:
1. Loneliness: It’s All of Us
2. Loneliness: The Problem, the Paradoxical Virus, and a Cure
3. Loneliness: Finding the “Inner” Person
4. Loneliness: Finding the “Other” Person
5. Loneliness: Finding Meaning in What you Do
6. Loneliness: For the In-Between
7. Loneliness: Understanding Loneliness in All People
8. Loneliness: Helping Others, Helping Yourself
9. Loneliness: Finding the “Upper” Person
10. Loneliness: Final Thoughts on an Un-Final Topic