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Depression, loneliness, Heartache

As I drifted to sleep last night, I wished my heart would just stop beating while I slept.

by Dan Rubin

Southend-on-sea — I wrote the lines above yesterday morning, after a particularly bad night’s sleep. As I write this, I’m sitting on a train heading into London, to spend the night with friends in Kennington. Tomorrow morning, a car will pick me up and take me to the ITV studios, where, at 11am, I’ll do a segment on live TV, teaching the hosts a little about photography. I’m not nervous about this — I’ve spent so ...


You are not alone. You might feel like the loneliest person alive right now, but you are not alone.

by Angela Higgins

Stirling — Remember that time it was my birthday in March and you sent a tweet about being disappointed, and I replied that it could be worse. That you could be me, shopping in Sainsbury’s at 9.30pm on your birt...

Farms, barns, loneliness

I grew up in beautiful boxes.

by John Pull

Sauk rapids — I visit the family farm once or twice per year. It’s always more beautiful than I remember it. The barn is prettiest when the sun is out but it sounds the best in the rain. While in high school I’d...

the power of positive thinking, loneliness, gratitude

They decided he died

by rebel green

Champion — But he was wide awake. It had sunk in that he was going to spend the rest of his life totally alone. He was trapped in his head, and after so many failed attempts to reach out of himself, he lost hop...

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