No man is an island. We are each living our own stories, but you’re not the only character, you’re not walking your path alone. There are other people who feel the way that you feel, people who care about you, communities of people you love, and people you have never met.
Healing and understanding happen when we can be honest with each other. It’s easier to feel like a part of a community when it’s clear that we win and lose together: when your team wins or loses, when a family member dies, when something devastating happens in the world or when your country wins gold at the Olympics. We feel those things together and like we’re a part of a shared experience. But when you’re feeling lonely, don’t believe the lie that you’re really alone. You’re not. Don’t believe that you’re a burden to other people. You’re not. Your purpose on this earth is to love and to be loved. Not to walk alone in isolation, but to win and lose together. To carry other people and let them carry you. People need other people. We weren’t meant to do life alone.
But you are not alone in this
And you are not alone in this
As brothers we will stand and we’ll hold your hand
Hold your hand.
- Mumford and Sons
Game Plan: People need other people. It can be tempting to hide your disappointments and your pain, but healing happens in relationship with others. Let others in so that you don’t have to do it alone.
Quote source: Jamie Tworkowski