Beautiful piece. Thank you. I loved the line, “Loneliness is an unfulfilled desire for connection.” It explains why we can be in a room for of people and still feel lonely. I don’t think intimacy is the opposite of loneliness, I think connection is.
I smiled to mask depression and addiction for years. It didn’t do me any favours. Being honest with myself and others of how I was truly doing was such a gift to myself. Also leads to the deepest, juiciest friendships and relationships! Vulnerability is where it’s at :-)
Brilliant, good reminders on some and some new tips on others, thanks! I don’t smoke or drink by choice and faith. The rest is a work in progress… Your writing is enjoyable and informative. It puts a smile on my face, that is a good thing.