Loneliness is a very difficult path to walk down, especially when it feels as if no one else understands the molasses like pain that tends to bubble up. With no obvious pattern or routine as to when the loneliness emerges, navigating through life with the heaviness of depression wrapping itself around your lungs is a difficult reality.
It can, at times, feel as though a brick wall is pressing into your soul.
We lost another one, this week, to the bricks of depression and, from the limelight, Anthony Bourdain was probably the least likely of people to have succumb to the pain of this ever growing struggle. He was an American celebrity chef, author of many books, and a television personality.
Bourdain seemed to have it altogether.
I’ve been very open about my struggles with depression and loneliness, since embracing it back in 2014. I’ve had my ups and downs these past couple of years, but coming clean and talking honestly about it with my wife and a core of trusted individuals has been extremely helpful in my healing. God, of course, has done a tremendous job at keeping me motivated and reminding me that I am valuable and worth more than I realize.
Community is very important when it comes to working through your depression. A community who can simply listen and, at times, encourage you when the molasses begins to slow you down is critical in dealing with depression’s grip.
Presence is key.
If you’re struggling with loneliness and haven’t told anyone yet, I encourage you to reach out. If you know someone who’s dealing with depression, I encourage you to reach out to them.
Let’s hold on to one another. Let’s hold on tight. And, hopefully, we won’t lose another one.