5 Books That Changed My Life
Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude
I'm a lonely person. I just am. I can have friends, family, co-workers, even a boyfriend, and still feel as if I'm the only person who understands what's going on in my head. That's something I've been ashamed of and frustrated by for years, discussing it in therapy and hoping it will go away with anti-depressants. But loneliness, argues Emily White, is not the same as not having any friends or having social anxiety. Loneliness is a state of being for many people (far more than I realized!) and White believes it deserves the same amount of attention as other emotional illnesses like depression. Lonely is not a self-help book, a medical text, or a memoir — in a strange way, it's a combination of all three. Although the book didn't offer much insight on how to make lonely feelings go away, it absolutely benefitted me to know others feel the same way I do. I no longer stigmatize myself for feeling lonely and instead, I live more comfortably with it. Recommended for anyone who is all too familiar with the feeling of loneliness.