Feeling Lonely: Rhyana’s Journey of Juggling Studies, Work, and Motherhood
By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 12, 2023
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Loneliness is not determined by the number of people around us but by our inner sense of connection. Rhyana, the youngest of six siblings, understands this all too well. Despite being a part of a big family, she sometimes finds herself feeling unseen and unheard, yearning for a moment of solitude. In her journey of balancing studies, work, and motherhood, she discovered the power of embracing her individuality and nourishing genuine connections.
Sanctuary in Solitude
Loneliness can be a complex emotion, often leaving us feeling small and insignificant. Rhyana recalls that her experience of feeling different started when she lost her mother as a baby. As Mother’s Day came and went, while others celebrated, she couldn’t help but feel a sense of exclusion. These early experiences shaped her desire to stay away, finding solace in her own company.
Growing Social Circles
Over time, Rhyana embarked on a transformative journey of self-discovery. She intentionally sought out groups and communities that resonated with her experiences. As a young mother, she joined The Young People’s Project, a program that offered support to young parents. The friendships she cultivated there became a source of strength and understanding. These relationships empowered her to find her voice and inspired her to become an advocate for others.
A Double-Edged Sword
While loneliness can be challenging, Rhyana discovered that withdrawing from people allowed her to focus on her motherhood, education, and career. This experience enabled her to embrace her true self and gain the confidence to choose solitude when needed. Today, she has developed a network of friends who understand and support her need for occasional retreat. This balance between connection and solitude has become an essential part of her wellbeing.
You Can’t Rush a Process
Patience is key in navigating the complexities of loneliness. Rhyana reminds us that it’s okay to decline social invitations and prioritize our own company. As a social person herself, she battled with the fear of disappointing others by choosing solitude. However, she learned that recognizing our own needs is crucial for personal growth. Loneliness and isolation may seep in at times, but remembering our universal connection helps us find ways to relate to others and the world.
If you’re grappling with similar emotions, it’s important to define what you truly want from life and seek the right support system to ease your loneliness. Change takes time, so be patient with yourself on this journey of self-discovery.
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