Lonely is one of those incredibly ugly words. It brings with it so many connotations. The idea of being all by yourself and depressed in the dark. One of those surrounded-by-people but not-a-friend-in-the-world moments. Lonely as in I’m the only ones who feels this way/does this thing/takes this risk.
Being all alone, being the only one, is one of the great lies in this world. Believing that you’re the only one can paralyse people with shame. Immobilize them with fear and doubt.
But the truth is none of us are alone. Not ever. There is always someone who’s where you are right now, who has experienced what you’re feeling and been through what you’re going through.
So don’t allow yourself to be lied to. Don’t believe the lies. Someone else has fought sex addiction and abuse. Someone else has seen a spouse die or a marriage fall apart in the most horrific way. Someone else has been there too.
So wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, don’t be the only one. Shout out that you’re broken or in pain or feeling tempted or less than enough. And if you do you’ll always find someone else who says, “you’re not the only one.”
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