Have you ever been surrounded by people yet felt completely alone? You could be at work surrounded by your team, yet feel like you do not have anything in common with them. You can even be with your family and feel alone. I don’t think that most people in your life would ever want you to feel alone. We have two questions to ask ourselves: Do I stay where I’m at (alone), or do I do something about it?
One night, I was at the gym for a weight lifting class. As people rolled in for class, it was clear that they all knew each other well. I also knew from working out with them that they were all more advanced than I was. We started class and it was going fine. I was the last to finish each of the warm up drills, but that is not all that unusual. My personality is more the slow and steady type anyway. It was time to start lifting and by the time I got over to that area, all of the stations had been taken. Our trainer does a great job in trying to pair us up with someone that lifts close to the same weight as we do so that there are plenty of stations for everyone. Well, that was not the case this particular evening and I suddenly felt very alone. Luckily, there was still enough equipment for me, but I ended up setting up away from everyone else and worked through my reps by myself. I want to tell you that every single person that was at the gym that night were all very nice people. They were there to get their workout done so that they could head home to make dinner, just like I was. The situation I found myself in was not their fault, it just was what it was. It did not change the fact that I still felt very alone.
Sometimes we cannot avoid these situations. They are going to happen. What it made me realize though, is how much better life is when lived together with others.
I do not know what your life looks like right now. I don’t know how many people you have in your life who you truly feel like you can share your life with. It might be one, it might be a dozen, it might be none. I am here to tell you that if you do not have others to share your life with, you are missing something very important. If you have amazing people in your life but you do not have time to spend with them, you are missing an important piece of your life.
Today is the day to embrace the people who bring life to your life. Spend time with them! Invest in them as they invest in you. If you do not have a dear friend in your life, start to invest time and love into others. These friendships require time and investment. Life is so much better when lived together!
Here’s to doing all we can to not go at it alone, and live a better live together!
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