Understanding Our Stories: A Reflection On Mid-Twenties Loneliness
It takes bravery to recognise when you’re lonely. We’re all a bit scared of loneliness — of being alone. Of being left. Of not being loved. Or needed. Or cared about. Whether we acknowledge it or not, “lonely” hits a spot of fear in all of us.
We all want to be okay. And we mostly want other people to see us that way too. “Oh, you know — I’m fine. Busy with work, as always .. blah blah.” Yet other people’s passing perceptions of our okayness mean very little.. deep down. Moreover, when we do feel lonely, pretending that everything is fine inhibits an honest inner dialogue. …
“Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.” — Mason Cooley
How did you feel when you woke up this morning? Hopefully, you slept well and woke up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Or maybe you hit snooze a couple of times, then stumbled up with little chance to scan your thoughts and to check how you were feeling.
It’s likely you follow a similar routine each morning — a degree of autopilot for the day ahead. Shower, coffee, phone and go might be a familiar morning drill.
If that’s so, you might not have had a moment to consider the things you’d need for a good day, or to visualise what a good day would look like … for you, and to give a little thought to the things that are personally important. …