When I was approached with this theme my first reaction was, “this is a hard one for me and is going to put me way outside my comfort zone… but some of the best things happen outside my comfort zone, so let’s go for it!”
If I think about what I need, things generally falls into two categories. There are the things that I think I need, and there are the things that I actually need. The hard part is telling which category things fall into.
When you feel lonely, what makes you feel less alone?
In a past life, I worked as a YMCA Summertime Program Director. I used to tell my campers,
“When there are times that you are feeling down or like no one understands you, walk outside and look at the stars. Those same stars are shining here at camp, and on all of your friends that you have made this week. Even if you can’t see the stars, you still know they are there and you can feel that connection”
I didn’t realize how much that would help me later in life at the time, but when I feel lonely, I still do that very thing to this day. Sometimes it is easy to think I am going through hard times alone, but when I remember to look at the stars, it puts it all in a bit more perspective. There are people out there going through health struggles, dealing with loss, trying to find a way in this world. It does not diminish what I am going through, however it is a connection to others going through the same thing.