Today Confessions of a Banshee turns one month old. It’s been a hell of a month and I would like to say a big thanks.
I could never have anticipated that in such a short amount of time my blog would cross paths with so many people from all over the world. My sincere apologies to the 9,876 good people of Tuvalu, a country I did not know existed until one of my posts was viewed by someone there.
To the woman in Texas struggling to find a worthy mate on Match.com, to the aspiring social worker in Singapore, to the man in Ontario who recently broke up with his soulmate, to the woman in Australia so moved by one of my posts, and to each of you that has taken the time to read my words or leave me positive comments, thank you. Thank you for reading my writing, thank you for your kind words, but thank you especially for the reminder that all human beings on this planet share in the same struggles and exist in the same common humanity.
We are much more alike than different yet we allow our variances to blind us to our collective commonality. Every human on Earth values stability and love and given a choice we all turn toward growth and happiness. We all need to feel connection. We all get lonely and disappointed and we all struggle to be the best version of ourselves. None of us have all the answers, but all of us have had our hearts broken and all of us have survived the pain of defeat.
A big thanks to each of you for showing me that the world is full of people who share in my same struggles, that the human condition is universal. Secure in the knowledge that my emotions are not unique and my hardships are not exceptional, I find it easier to be less lonely and more connected to both myself and others. Our journeys through this life are sometimes taken in solitude and sometimes in the presence of others, they take us on unique paths and to unexpected places but it is comforting to know that I am not alone on this long, strange trip.
The world is a great big place full of people who, for all of their apparent differences, are really just the same.