I’m sure you have noticed that we have a pretty clear theme here at Listen.One — You are never truly alone, even though you may feel lonely.

While finding inspiration and falling into the YouTube rabbit hole, I came across an incredible artist named Thoraya Maronesy. She does an amazing job of reminding you that you are really never alone in this life and in your experiences.

The incredible thing about this project is not only how open these strangers were, but how similar their stories were. Many people face sadness, loneliness, and even hopelessness that you pass on the street every single day. Everybody has a story. That is why it is so important to speak up and tell yours.

Many people don’t realize how much of an impact they have on others by simply opening up. I know it’s hard and shame tends to make us feel like we need to keep it all in, but that’s not truly the case. By expressing yourself and being open, you inspire others to be open. You end loneliness and isolation by bravely saying “I’m lonely and I need help,” or “I need somebody to talk to, I’m sad.”

When you connect with family and friends and build your own support system, you’d be amazed just how powerful you can feel. If you don’t want family and friends to be part of your support system, that’s OK too. There are groups, professionals like therapists, your church or religious institution, and even non-profits like Listen.One that will be on the front lines of defense against your loneliness. The resources exist all around you. You just need to grab onto them with all of your might on a day you feel up to it.

Everyday is a new day to feel better. You never know what is on the other side of the sun coming up. Be sure to watch the video above to see that firsthand.

At Listen.One, we really want to get to know you and hear your story. Our organization is made up of verified volunteer Listeners that truly want to know about you and be part of your support system. Please let us help you feel more like you. Know that you can reach out to us about anything and we will never judge you. We just want to help.