You might feel like you’re alone because everyone else looks like they have their lives together. Because everyone else seems to be moving at a healthy pace and hitting all the right milestones. Because it seems like you’re the only one struggling this hard, feeling this confused, feeling this numb.
You might feel like you’re alone because you spend most of your weekends locked in your room. You spend most of your outings hiding in the corner. You spend most of your life looking in from the outside.
You might feel like you’re alone because there’s no one around who seems to understand what you’re going through. Because whenever you express the way you’ve been feeling, no one else seems to get it. No one else seems to take you seriously.
You might feel like you’re alone in the world, but other people are going through the same struggles. They’re feeling the same feelings. Some of those people are strangers. But some of those people are familiar ones. They’re people you know. People you admire. People you’ve been jealous of before.
Just because they don’t let their vulnerable side show when you’re around doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. After all, think of how many people you hide your own vulnerability from. Think of how many smiles you’ve faked, how many little white lies you’ve told. You aren’t the only one. More people are like you than you think.
No matter what you’re experiencing, no matter how hard life feels right now, you should try to take comfort in the fact you aren’t alone. Not now. Not ever.
You need to stop believing the lie that one cares about you, because that isn’t the truth. You have friends. Family. Neighbors. Coworkers. They might not check in on you every single day the way you wish they would, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about you. That doesn’t mean you aren’t important to them.
Some people aren’t as vocal about their feelings. Some people don’t do a good job of reminding their loved ones of how much they care. But they do care. They do love you. They do want you to be okay.
Even though there are times when you feel like you’re completely alone, that’s never the case. You have support. You have encouragement. Maybe it’s from the people surrounding you, or maybe it’s from strangers you’ve never met, but it exists.
Even though you might feel alone right now, you’re going to get through this rough time in your life. You’re going to survive and come out stronger. You’re going to surprise yourself by how much you can handle, how hard you can fight.
Even if no one has told you this lately, you matter.
Even if no one has told you this lately, you’re deserving of love.
Even if no one has told you this lately, you’re going to get through this.
Even if no one has told you this lately, you are not as alone as you think you are.