Dear one,

How many times has something in your life made you feel like you were alone? It’s funny that our mind can trick us into feeling like we’re alone in a world full of people who have all felt that way.

I want you to think about everything you’ve been through in your life so far. Think about all those struggles, the successes, the times you fell short. Think about the good times and the heartbreak. Think about all that it took for you to be sitting where you are right now.

I know what it’s like to think that no one could possibly understand all the bullshit I’ve had to live through. I know what it’s like to feel alone, like it wouldn’t matter if I gave up, if I just disappeared. I know what it’s like to sit in the dark with a bottle of pills in my lap bargaining with myself that I won’t take them if someone – anyone – called or texted. I remember what it was like to feel hopeless, which is why I do what I do today. My own struggles were what led me to work with people who are struggling.

Next time you feel like you’re completely alone, I want you to remember this: unless you are a scientific anomaly, it took two parents for you to be here. For each of them to have been been alive to create you, it took four others. Those four took eight. And 16. And 32. If we go back 12 generations, that’s 4,094 people who each had to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing for you to even exist.

That’s a hell of a lot of people behind you. The next time you feel alone, remember that.

Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.


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Michael Nolan is The Sentimental Dom. He wants you to keep your chin up, treat everyone with dignity, compassion, and respect, and drink more water.

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