“You will need other people, and you will need to be that other person to someone else.” – Jamie Tworkowski
Some of you may recognize that quote, while some of you may not. Some of you may have a certain memory come to mind immediately after reading it. For those of you that don’t, think of the feeling you get when you hear a song and have a specific memory flood your mind all at once. Finding yourself replaying it in your head like a broken record.
For me personally, this quote is immensely powerful. I’ve had to be that other person for a number of people, and somehow never felt like i had that other person. For me this was one of the worst kinds of pain i ever felt. Most people say not to rely on others because you are just setting yourself up to be let down. I personally rely on people because when i feel lonely i need to talk to someone. I need to show people love and support, and also receive that love and support in response.
You know that feeling when you’re just waiting? Waiting to get home, into your room, close the door, fall into bed, and just let go of everything you kept in all day. That feeling of both desperation and relief. Nothing is wrong, but nothing is right either. You’re tired. Tired of everything, tired of nothing. You just want someone to be there and tell you it’s okay. But you’re tired of waiting. Tired of being strong. And for once, you just want it to be easy. To be simple. To be helped. To be saved.
By starting this blog, i’m hoping to teach others the true power of love, and to connect with people. People who need that other person. People who need someone to talk to and tell them that it’s okay. I hope to create a place where people can share their stories and know that they are never alone in these places. I ask that if you are currently struggling, or have struggled in the past and are willing to share your story, that you submit your story along with the name you would like to go by (if you don’t feel comfortable going by your own name) below. For those of you who aren’t ready to share your story, that is perfectly okay. Just know that i am here to listen and to encourage you, along with anyone else who takes a part in this blog and these stories. To be that support system you need. To be your safety net. If you’re looking for a sign that everything will be okay, this is it. So, breathe. Relax. You’re alive and that’s all that matters.
You are not alone. It will be okay–no matter how long it takes or what you need to do–it will be okay. Please, if you are struggling with anything at all, if you just feel alone and need a friend, or if you just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to contact me by messaging me on any of the 4 websites provided below. You can also contact me here. I will listen. I will be there for you. If you would like to submit your story to the blog, you can do so here. Please do not go, there is still time. Please do not give up, there is still hope.
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