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Invisible Suffering (Passes)

Loneliness comes and goes. Some days I could embrace the whole world. And then there are days when I just want to get rid of that aching feeling. Chatting, reading, or taking a walk in nature can't replace the need for real physical contact, like a hug. It's just compensation.

No one can see the loneliness on my face. I smile most of the time, I'm very sociable and talkative. How do you recognize loneliness, I wonder. You can see it in the eyes - a kind of longing for encounter and connection.

Looking for its causes might suggest that loneliness is a disease to be cured. However, it is as multifaceted as the objective being alone. Those who spend moments alone can learn more about themselves and thus create space for the colorful "world of feelings." Loneliness and being alone often mix and dissolve each other.

Emotional pain shows us that our need for attachment is not being met. Loneliness never disappears completely, it is much more a part of life. That's why I want to leave my heart open to encounters. Because every encounter has the potential for deep connection.

Naima is the founder of Soli Bern—a project that works to break the taboo of loneliness among young people in Switzerland. Soli Bern aims to create low-threshold, social meeting places for those affected by loneliness. Its services include exchange, networking and the organization of events on the topic of loneliness. By means of public relations Soli Bern wants to sensitize society to the topic of loneliness.

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