This isn't the first time I've written on loneliness. It probably won't be the last. No matter how many connections I make, people I befriend, babies I birth, I think learning to be alone is one of the deep joys, true sadnesses and profound challenges of my life. (There aren't many things I can say that about!) I'm thrilled to be back at Middle Places with thoughts on solitude, extroversion and why Jesus always gets to ride shotgun.
For someone who's never alone, feeling lonely happens way more than you might think.
I'm raising two toddlers, so on any given day there's a lot of cuddling and carrying and breaking up wrestling matches.
I work part-time at a church, where I lead Bible studies, meet with women and use shared office space.
I'm an extrovert and my free time includes things like workout classes, mom's group and book club.
I'm married, which in my case means I sleep close enough to my husband to feel him breathe.
And add to all that, I'm pregnant, so even when I actually am alone, I can feel a tiny person swimming around inside me.
And yet, even with all of these daily connections, I find myself wondering about the quality of my relationships at church, in my friendships, with my family. Though I'm grateful for all the places I'm connected in this season of life, I find myself searching for more because I'm feeling lonely.
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