The 21st century has seen a pandemic of loneliness spread over our society like never before.
Recent reports show that as many as 36% of all Americans, including 61% of young people and 51% of new mothers, feel seriously lonely as they struggle just to make it through their daily lives.
The human heart longs for intimacy. To know and to be known by others. Which is why the sensation that nobody really knows us can be one of the most debilitating forms of loneliness.
And it’s one of the hardest forms of loneliness to overcome. We get trapped inside it because we have been hurt in the past, and we are afraid and unwilling to overcome our fear of rejection.
So instead, we fill our days with mindless pleasures and activities that never truly fulfill or satisfy us, waiting for the sand in the hourglass of life to run out so we don’t have to deal with it anymore.
Don’t live your life fearing intimacy. Don’t settle for quiet desperation when the meaning and purpose you so desperately long for, is just waiting for you to be brave enough to take hold of it.
Genuine intimacy comes to liberate us from our loneliness. Embrace the freedom and wholeness that comes with truly knowing and being known by another. And remember, don’t just be yourself, be the-best-version-of-yourself.
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