I think that loneliness is a huge challenge, for people who are physically challenged, those who suffer from CP (cerebral palsy) visually challenged people and those with mental illnesses as well as their caregivers. I have met people with impressive academic credentials who have everything going for them yet loneliness remains a huge challenge. This loneliness might affect their caregivers as well. I have met people who get great satisfaction at work, but what they miss is having a partner or a soul mate. Every single one of these people are functioning adults, are employed and many have university degrees. Yet, loneliness remains the greatest challenge that these people face. Why is it so difficult for them to find partners? Because they are different. And the general public is afraid of a person who is different.  One young man told me; “I look around at my friends who are far less educated than I am, yet they are married with children. I don’t know whether I want to get married, but I do know that I don’t want to spend the rest of my life alone.”



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