Loneliness

February 10, 2016 9:29pm CST
I think most people would be surprised to know that I often feel lonely. I've always seemed like: Social Jill; Fun Jill; Happy-go-lucky Jill; Jill with Friends; Jill the one with Moms' Nights; Jill the one who goes to the gym almost daily; Jill the one with kids; Jill. But I'm honestly quite lonely. I realized it even more so today. See, I gave up Facebook for lent. I normally spend TOO MUCH time there each day where I interact with my 600 + "Friends." I messaged a couple other friends today, but there wasn't much conversation. In fact, when I needed a friend (I was having a slight anxiety attack), neither of them answered me. And realized how hollow this virtual world can seem. But then I realized, it's not just the virtual world. How hollow are my many, many friendships? I have many friendships. I do. But how many of them are profoundly meaningful? I don't know. i'm in a bad mood today. I'm pretty sure I am PMS-ing; thus hormones may be playing a part in this ho hum feeling that I'm experiencing. Do you ever feel lonely? Do you think people would be surprised to learn that you are?
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@T_gray (7805)
• Salina, Kansas
11 Feb 16
I think some would be surprised by my loneliness. With as busy as I am, where is there time to be lonely right? Oh I find time!! I hope you feel better quickly. Loneliness sucks, I know.
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11 Feb 16
yes, that's the truth! it's a yucky feeling. and it is not that i even mind being alone. I enjoy my alone time as well.
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@T_gray (7805)
• Salina, Kansas
12 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 The worst part is when you feel lonely in a room full of people...
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12 Feb 16
@T_gray yep. i know that feeling far too well! i'm often among a group that I feel like I'm not quite the same as... like I don't quite fit in, even though they have NO idea i feel that way
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@TRBRocks420 (84275)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Feb 16
I hope you feel better soon and, I have a profoundly meaningful friendship with my Cat
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11 Feb 16
my cats are typical unpredictable cats.... i can't count on them :-)
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@Corbin5 (119292)
• United States
11 Feb 16
I am an introvert. Introverts do have friends, but the friends they have are well-loved, loyal as can be, and understand their introvert friend's nature. Big groups of people drain introverts of energy, whereas an extrovert is energized by big groups of people. So, I never feel lonely because if I need my friends or they need me, we just give a call. We do not see each other often, but we are always at the ready for each other. I cannot recall feeling lonely since introverts are experts at entertaining themselves.
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11 Feb 16
yes, i believe i am an extrovert. i do enjoy being alone a lot too though, but it's just not often. it's kind of a weird thing.
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@JohnRoberts (64944)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Feb 16
So well put. I am also an introvert and being an only child, know how to entertainment myself and don't feel that constant need for people. Basically I'm impervious to loneliness. Give me a book or good movie. You are correct we dislike crowds and those friendships we have are treated like precious jewels.
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@FayeHazel (21400)
• United States
3 Feb 17
@JohnRoberts Introvert/only child here too
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@Ladypeace (2047)
• Singapore
11 Feb 16
Yeah, I agree that many friendships we have can be superficial. Sometimes it could be boredom that drives loneliness.
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11 Feb 16
yes, i just crave more i guess
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@Ladypeace (2047)
• Singapore
11 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 I can empathize with you. It's more or less a sad and empty feeling.
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@LadyDuck (182041)
• Switzerland
11 Feb 16
I often feel sad and lonely, but people always think that I am a happy woman. I try to keep my sentiments for me.
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11 Feb 16
yes, i do a good job of hiding my lonely feelings.
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 16
I am surprised that you are lonely - you always seem to have something going on. Sorry that you don't have many real friends that you can call on. I don't have too many friends myself but I'm never lonely. I'm quite self sufficient.
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11 Feb 16
yes, i do seem busy. i do keep active. i don't know. i just would love to have a really close friend who lives close by that i see and can stop by on a whim. my best friend lives 2 hours away. we chat via email daily. my other best friend and i chat daily, but we rarely see each other. and we just lead different lives. i have a fellow mom friend whom i chat with almost daily, but sh has a lot going on in her life and it's just hard to get close. sigh.
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 16
@Ycliff Because I'm quite happy with my own company.
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Feb 16
thats why I m ylot a lot to keep in to uch with my old and new friends as IK lovein a retirement c enter and there are 150 people here and mayber fou r who give a flying fig about me hatley having a lot of people where you are does not mean a heckuva lot lol
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11 Feb 16
I do enjoy the community here as well
@Morleyhunt (21361)
• Canada
11 Feb 16
Loneliness can affect all of us. When I first moved to where we live now, I went through a long period of extreme loneliness. This said, I often enjoy being alone.
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11 Feb 16
yes, it feels a bit funny because i often crave being alone. i guess i rarely am actually alone though.
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@JohnRoberts (64944)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 We all need alone time. It's therapeutic.
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12 Feb 16
@JohnRoberts that's why i tend to stay up late after the kids go to sleep. that's my alone time. i also go to the gym where i am exercising, but there are other folks there
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@JohnRoberts (64944)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Feb 16
I believe there are very true friendships and most are casual and superficial. There's a big difference between bowling and party pals than the person who gives up their time to help you move or be there when in need. Facebook and all this online thing is unreal. Call them online friendships but they can never be equated with a look 'em in the eye friendship where you interact not just with words but eye contact and body language.
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Feb 17
Very true, @JohnRoberts.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Feb 16
I have my husband here and my oldest son still living with us. It's not often I feel lonely. There are times I just want them to both go do something and leave me alone lol.
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11 Feb 16
and yes, i get that. there are many times i crave being alone
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@Shavkat (66079)
• Philippines
11 Feb 16
I have my own moment of being lonely. I think it is not surprising for anyone who will know it. Since they also do experience this loneliness.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Feb 16
i think feeling lonely is a normal thing to every one but just be careful to not nurture your loneliness for long so it won't elevate to depression. Find something around you that will make you happy. I'm sure there are, just open your eyes.
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11 Feb 16
i'm rarely actually alone. and i am busy. but sometimes i just feel lonely. it's weird.
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@salonga (27955)
• Philippines
11 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 you are not the only one, i've heard lots of women going through the same phase in their life, maybe it really has to do with hormonal changes.
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12 Feb 16
@salonga i know my hormones are raging today! :-)
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Feb 17
Men (more so than women, I have read) have difficulty making lasting friends after high school and college. I had many acquaintances in the world of business when I worked full time and when I run into them now it is a bit like old home week, but we were never really "friends." I play pool and ping pong with a number of people where we now live, all very "friendly." I suppose that friendship, like so much else in our world, has changed it definition.
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@FayeHazel (21400)
• United States
3 Feb 17
Interesting -- I too have wondered at how people define friends. I have close friends with whom I share a lot of personal things - I can talk about anything with these people. I also have friends who I see a lot - but we never really share personal details. And I have "friends" who I see when I'm out - and they're friendly but we don't especially get together. It seems like there should be different words for each of these types. -- I wonder if the men & lasting friendships things is due to woman tend to talk more about emotions... ? (Or maybe that's just a stereotype, too?)
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• Eugene, Oregon
3 Feb 17
@FayeHazel I think that is true. Men are reluctant to appear to be vulnerable to emotions.
• Changsha, China
3 Feb 17
Hello,I'm your new mylotter, you said you feel lonely, I'm not jueging you, I think you should get out of your room and make some true friend,no matter who they are
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3 Feb 17
hello, welcome. i do get out. i'm very social, but i still somehow often feel lonely
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• Changsha, China
4 Feb 17
@jillybean1222 Hello,thank you. You look very attractive, I think you will find your way, when I feel lonely, I will stay with my family and my friends,or have a trip,or reading, as far as possible enrich my soul, hh,maybe you need to find a boyfriend.
• United States
12 Feb 16
seriously , I am around too many that drive me crazy , so I couldn't find lonely if I wanted to.. I do know what you mean with friendships. Honestly the majority of my friends, text me , message, don't call, too busy so it is a online friendship.Since the internet and cell phones, I don't hear or see people as often.
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12 Feb 16
Most of the time I do understand because we are all busy, but sometimes it just feels a bit lonely. Like you, often i can't find a moment alone though
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• United States
12 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 , there used to be times when I felt lonely, so Yes, I do know, but right now no. If my life could slow down just bit, I would be thrilled.
@rosekiss (30258)
• Eugene, Oregon
11 Feb 16
I am lonely myself, since I have no one around me to talk to. The only people I talk to daily, are my ex husband, and my daughter. My son will call once in a while, but he is so busy with work, I don't hear from him much. I was divorced eight years ago next month, and I have been coping being lonely, although it can be difficult at time. I was used to being with somone for 35 years, and now that I am alone, thigs are quite different I am used to my independence as I can come and go as I please, without anyone telling me I shouldn't.
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12 Feb 16
sometimes i used to think there was an appeal to that. as my children grow older, i feel sad thinking of being alone again (i'm married, but i'm always with my kids)
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@rosekiss (30258)
• Eugene, Oregon
12 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 My kids are both grown and have families of their own, so after 35 years of marriage, the rug was pulled out from under me, when my husband asked me for a divorce. I was very hurt, and I thought we had a good marriage, but I guess now. Well, since I have been divorced for 8 years, I have learned how to make it on my own, and it hasn't been easy all that much, but I am surviving. I have my freeedom, so that is a good thing,as I like to be able to come and go as I please and not be told I can't.
@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
11 Feb 16
I feel lonely a lot but then again, I am home by myself all week until my brother comes home from work. Some days are better than others but yesterday it hit me really hard. My brother had someone from corporate in the office and took them out to dinner. He didn't get home until 10pm so it was a really long and lonely day for him. I will be so glad when I start feeling like my old self again and can go out and do things on my own.
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11 Feb 16
I'm sorry. I think it is best when we can find outside activities that we enjoy
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 I think so too. It can be a little depressing stuck inside all the time.
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@sharon6345 (141922)
• United States
11 Feb 16
I am home alone since my daughter is gone for now. I love having my space and not being called every few minutes. However,the other day I realized I am not all that happy being alone. I think what I wanted was her in a better situation living with me. She will be back in a month or two. then she will drive me crazy again. lol. I do understand.
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11 Feb 16
i look at my children, rapidly growing, moving closer to adulthood. i can't imagine how lonely i will be when they are out of the house.
@sharon6345 (141922)
• United States
11 Feb 16
@jillybean1222 I hope they take their time getting there. It's not an easy feeling.
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@Blondie2222 (22724)
• United States
14 Feb 16
I always feel lonely too. I have alot of friends on facebook and maybe 3 or 4 real life but we all get so busy we don't keep in contact. I miss my friends and doing things with them. I hate being alone all the time so I know how you feel
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14 Feb 16
yes, life gets busy. and i know that people don't mean to forget about each other... but sometimes it's easy to wallow in my self-pity :-) sigh.
@LeaPea2417 (22385)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Feb 16
Sometimes I do feel lonely but I try not to let it get me down.
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12 Feb 16
i think i am pjs-ing! hormones!
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