Are you lonely?
I never wanted to admit to anyone when I was lonely.
I felt like a freak, unloved, uninteresting, boring; a real misfit
The one who would eat lunch alone in the lunch room or the one who walked home from school without a flock of girlfriends chattering and giggling.
When I felt lonely I would prepare my mask as I stepped out of my house, hiding any suggestion of how I was truly feeling.
Then when alone the mask would drop to the ground, exposing my loneliness.
Writing this is difficult, because there is such a stigma against announcing your loneliness to the world.
Yet, loneliness is so pervasive, it can be found around every corner.
I find loneliness all around: in nursing homes, hospital rooms, flats, large homes, gyms, buses, parks, coffee shops, yoga classes; loneliness does not discriminate.
Try my three steps to resolving loneliness;
First step, is being honest with yourself about your feelings.
Second step, is to know you are not alone, you are not the only one on earth feeling this way.
Third step, you are not alone, full stop!
Remove your mask and replace it with the truth, that you want to connect with other human beings.
Once your vulnerability is revealed, you are now ready to let people into your life.
Remove your mask, smile and see what happens.
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