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I just had a senior moment,I pushed the wrong button and wiped everything I had texted out. For those seasoned saints,age cannot be the variable to believing life is over. We love and we commit and we pray our future blossoms. Marriage is sacred. If you have no idea why you have stopped being in love,check whether you ever really were committed. Each note I read was filled with much just living to know your value,if anyone cares,if you matter. We,at our age need to be the examples for the younger generation of those who think only about themselves.

How many people do you see homeless,younger than you. Love commits lust leaves when the thrill is gone. If you are not an example,how will those who need to know learn? Living out your core values shows people that you truly are real,what you say is important and when your actions show what is in your heart words become unnecessary. Love to be around people but find lots of phoniness these days like older people, especially, seem unwilling or unable to just be who they are, warts and all.

Got myself stranded out west Ca. My daughter is here so love to be nearby. I would love to hear from someone who also feels lonely and who has little or no family to enjoy holidays, etc. Holidays are the most painful for me as I love family stuff but have had very little of family closeness.

Art Foundation , I have no local significant friend to just go for coffee, lunch, shop, talk, encourage each other, for instance so feel pretty unspecial to anyone in Ca. If there is anyone who would like to do e-mail, write letters, or phone calls maybe later , please answer this blog. I have a small farm here in NC. My home state is NJ on the shore … not having any success in sending you this message! Hi Molly — I hope I am doing this right and you are getting my reply to your message to me. How fortunate that you have a horse — I am a lifetime horse-lover but being a city girl, never had one of my own.

I did, happily, get to help train two thoroughbreds in Va. Loved it. How do you spend your days? With a ranch, I assume you might have other animals besides your horse. I love all animals, have always had more than one pet mostly cats but put my last cat down last year cried a lot for awhile and still miss her. Do you have family nearby? I just hope this gets to you — I am not very proficient on the computer. Hi Molly — thought I sent you an answer but will try again. I just put down my last cat after years of cats always more than one — up to four I am from Philly and spent many weekends on the Jersey shore barnegat Light for one.

Love the Jersey shore. I am kind of stuck out here Ca. I am an equine artist and love to produce a beautiful horse on canvas. Hi Claire! Crazy thing to happen …. SORRY for the delay explained in my blog hope this finds you! Hello Claire! Before it took several days. Oh well, I want to thank you for being so persistent in your efforts to get a message to me..

Really enjoy the seaside towns great memories. I have lived on this property close to 18 yrs. Precious are both! My knowledge on the computer is not the best, my go to guy is my grandson almost 9 yrs old. Today life is more complicated for young families then when I was raising my son. I apoligze if this message is hard to follow. I am new to this site. I am responding to Molly from NC. IBefore I write more, let me know where this note will end and to whom.

I can relate to Holidays. I have no family. The friends I do have are all male, I worked in a male dominated industry. They are married, so I cannot call them up and ask them to a movie or to go somewhere for a long weekend. I have done all I can think of to move forward, although this is not positive,it is truth….

For me it is not worth existing, all people need to live, have life. We all need a sense of community, purpose and feel we our loved, cared about. I have none of this. I go out everyday, I volunteer, but it is not fulfilling. I do wonder if I will be here tomorrow. I do not mind being alone, I mind the lonliness.

Hi Karen — It was good to hear from you. You and I seem to have a lot in common. I think of myself as very normal with normal human yearnings as in love and respect from others — family and friends, especially. I was raised in a pretty normal family, a middle child — only girl of three kids and I understand my dad really wanted a girl when I was born they had a family party for me at birth but, for some reason, both parents espec. I asked that very question many times. I got kind of stuck out here; california long boring story — I do have one child — a daughter who lives six miles away.

I love her but we have little to no interests in common. I hope you will write back again. I do understand your loneliness quite well, Karen, and I hope you will write back when you get a chance. I am 65 year old man interested in strengthening my mental health and helping others to find more interest in their lives.

I am looking for groups on social media to participate in. I am married twenty plus years. We live together kind of like college room mates that are sick of each other and still have six months on our lease. I rode my bike 30 miles yesterday, and am getting ready after writing this to run five miles. My hips and knees may not carry me to many more years at such activities. Where are older people on social media conversing about staying active, motivated, and helping each other with encouragement and understanding? Hi Karen I m married to an American soldier im originally from Germany.

What im trying to say is married life can be very lonesome and boring. I wish many times I would be alone but can only imagine what it would be like. Hi Daniel I am a 67 year old widow from California. My husband passed away about a year ago. Its not fun and I do volunteer. Would love someone to talk to we just need to be honest with one another and no games.

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Does that sound good? Thank you for your time. New here. I have been in a eight relationship with who I thought was my dream lady. Unfortunately, I was blinded by the light.

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Prognosis is very good for remission, but some side effects. Every day a bit of challenge. Even with treatment I do power walking and some yoga. But still a tremendous void, which is sort of downward spiral. I try church helps somewhat. But friendship is paramount. Thanks to anyone who reads this. I have lots of friends, but, the more the merrier!!! I have twin grand-daughters and people often think they are my daughters!!

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  • Love working out and reading! Feminism has really destroyed many of us good single young men looking for a good woman to settle down with. And now unfortunately since so many of these women are very high maintenance, independent, very greedy, selfish, spoiled, picky, narcissists, feminists, and very money hungry, which certainly has a lot to do with it why so many of us men are still single today as i speak. And since i know friends that are having the very same problem today as well, which they really do feel as bad as me since we never ever expected to be single this long either. And i wish that i could have been born in the good old days which i definitely would have met a real very nice woman since even i myself would have been all settled down by now with my own good wife and family today as i speak, instead of still being single and all alone now which my friends that i know really agree with me as well.

    And being single and alone all the time can really be very unhealthy and depressing as well. Very obvious why married men live longer. Feminism has turned this country upside down! Only women can bear children. Only women lactate and can nurse their babies.

    As a former teacher, I have seen what having no one at home to raise children has done to society. Other people are raising these children. Both women and men can bring their special and unique qualities to the marriage. I feel for you and hear your frustration. My prayers are with you. You are ill informed. My prayers are that you accept changes in the world and mind your own business about the choices of people different from you.

    Hi dear, you are so young just 33 years old , for such a pessimist vision. Maybe you are looking on the wrong places. For sure if you open your heart and stop generalizing woman, will going to find a real nice girl, and you are going to see her as God send gift to you. Good luck!! Be happy no matter!! My children are grown and gone. I go days without speaking to people.

    I so desperately need someone. Hi Mailia — I just typed a blog comment on this site and see that you are struggling with lonliness, too, in your senior years. This is Mar. Lonliness is a very painful place to be, especially as we age. Never thought it would be like this.

    You are free to contact me. I feel exactly as you feel. Often it is unbearable. I have never found myself where I am today. Hi Maili. I recently lost my Mother. I stayed with her a lot, but had to travel back to be with my husband. I understand your loneliness. Text me and let me know how your doing. Patrica, Quite a change today in the women compared to the old days unfortunately. Most women were real ladies back then, and the very complete opposite of today since most of their parents did raise them very well back then.

    Thank you very much for your support. I have no intention of living single, unwanted, and unloved. You know your name means honey in Greek. No one has allowed me the opportunity to prove them wrong. It would make sense to have one from the immaculate father.

    Love is at your doorstep. Remember to hold onto it when it arrives. Hi, I am a 64 year old male. All my kids live in different states. I am working a state different than where I grew up. I do have friends back home. But really none here where I currently live. Which is a small community.

    So all I do is go to work and go home to an empty place. Day in and day out. All my family and friends want me to move back home. I can not afford to live there. As the housing is so expensive. I do have a plan to pay off my vehicles. Then after that I plan on taking the deep sleep. I am that lonely and depressed. Never talked to anyone before about this. Just keeping it to myself. Just wanted to get it off my chest. Not looking for sympathy, help or anything. Hi Steve I am from India. Are u shocked. I guess I know how u feel.

    I was so busy taking care of my family , I forgot to make friends. Now I feel lonely and I too feel exactly like u. Until then Steve live yr life to the best. Hi I was widowed after 45 yrs of marriage. I met a guy 8 month after and fell in love with him. We were together 4 yrs , he walked out on me and left me totally devastated. I also do not need sympathy.

    It feels better for me to post my feelings. I am trying to figure out how to cope. Hello, just want you to know that I read your post and also that I think I understand why you wrote it. While you make money to pay off your vehicles and before you plunge into the big sleep, is there someone you can help? Sometimes a smile or a kind word is enough and there are so many in desperate need of a friendly gesture. Long distance friendships are always great…. Your 6pm will be my 12 pm…. I hate being lonely…. Regards Mea. Anyway, how fortunate are you that you have family who care enough about you to suggest you move back home.

    I only have a son and his wife. They found out that I gambled away most of my inheritance. I have never asked anyone for anything. They say I have been a burden. They want me to move out of state. My heart is broken. My son will help me, but things will never be the same. Please keep in touch with your family. You are blessed! I hope you reconsider and I hope anyone reading this will also reconsider killing themselves.

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    • I have run up against those same thoughts several times in life. I could never have planned for the type of hurt that I have been subjected to living this life, things for sure have not turned out as planned. The one thing that has gotten me through the bad places is the thought that Tomorrow is always another day.

      Not the day I am living right now but another day. I am struck by how familiar most folks thoughts, feeling, experiences are to mine. We all stand here with an the understanding of our mortality and fragility of our situations. I will try to bear this in mind in the future and try not to be judgemental. Obviously I am lonely also but more so I feel foolish and at times regretful.

      All I ever wanted to be was a husband and a father. Forced to move to keep my job. Youngest son just starting college. Move 7 times in 7 years. Now living in the country on 27a in the middle of nature but all by myself. You could say poor guy but I am still here. I am in charge of my life. As long as there is another day there is a new shot at life. During my divorce I thought about killing myself everyday for about 6mo. Because it was a new day and God helps them that helps themselves. And as a Catholic I know suicide is a mortal sin.

      Of course I was good at sinning before I got sober but now I have something to uphold and that is who I have become. Life is for living and it is our responsibility to so that as best as we are able. I know how you feel. You, however, are still young yet. Hang in there. You may be pleasantly surprised at what your future holds for you. I feel like my life is over! I just want to wish you the best and hope GOD Blesses you with a long healthy and happy life!

      I hope you find what you desire Lynn Nazami. Hi everyone, I stumbled onto this blog tonight. Married 29 years divorced no kids and all my family has now passed. I have a lot of friends but as someone else mentioned it seems there are a lot of fake friends too today. Loyalty, honesty, trust, respect was a code many of us lived by.

      Not so much today. Meaning not real friends we used to have years ago. I do have 3 dogs and always had horses but my last one passed at 26 in November. I am a peer specialist which is a form of a therapist but we have real life experience, often very hard experience ourselves. I see a few who have had hard losses. I have too and yes I do understand. Sometimes you have to walk in shoes to really understand many things in life.

      Sympathy and empathy are two very different things. Few look for sympathy what they want is empathy which is understanding. The older we get the more losses we have and we carry the pain of those losses. So many happy memories but no one to share them with anymore. Sharing a home of friendship of men and women, supporting one another, independent yet a sense of a family. Like minded individuals who share same values just wanting a sense of a family who cares. For those who see nothing but loneliness ahead, you are not alone in your thoughts.

      They are shared by many but what do we do about it? What do you think about a shared living concept for those who are alone? I believe I would feel much better sharing life with others knowing I had support and help if needed. It is only we who really appreciate what we can do and who we are. You are quite a bit younger than me I am retired and could probably be your mother but identified with much you said.

      Holidays are depressing for both of us so we usually grit out teeth and tough it out. Maybe some people will write and tell us if it is. I even looked into it once out here. Not sure how you go about it. I am in ca. Hope you are doing well these days.

      There are many studies that show how loneliness and hopelessness decrease our physical health. Being so, we should all find ways to live together. The sense of community is really important for our social well being: we all want to be part of something good and joyful. Sorry this is my first time and long.

      Hi Suzanne. I am 63 and live on the east coast. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Sorry for the loss of your horse. Right now i am dealing with my rescued Maltese of 13 years who has just been diagnosed with cancer and tumors. There is nothing that can be done. The other heartbreaking part of this is, I rescued a Yorkie within 3 months of each other. They have never been seperated. How do you explain where her sister went?

      I too wake up so lonely every day. I cry for hours. I think of ways to take my life. It consumes me. The pain of lonIiness has become to much for me. I cant believe my family who we have stuck together our whole life now see me as an out cast. How can your family do that?? I have great friends but life has taken us in different ways. I have a daughter, brother and sister that live leass than 30 minutes away.

      My daughter got made at me for being honest with her and punished me by taking my grandkids away. We were so close our whole life and all of a sudden I am used for a scape goat for something my daughter did. My family talks behind everyones back, lies and my sister has been telling personal stuff to my family that was to be private for years. I never knew.

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      My flesh and blood. I raised my sister from the time I was 12 and then she had to move out at 28 as she was pregnant. There is so much more. I kept us out of foster homes. My sister is 4 years younger brother 19 months older. Of course there is more. All my extended family is gone and i would give anything to be with them. When i question my family about why they did or said that they ignore or threaten to block me. At least i know i still have integrity, honesty, morals, values, empathy, compassion and kindness in my heart.

      Having your only family turn against you is not normal part of life. No family holidays to share, hugs, words of love, phone calls to see if your ok, invitation to family events. I wake up ill every day thinking about the. Suzanne, sorry so long. I think the Golden Girls and Boys are worth looking into. I am 63, living outside of Seattle, divorced for 8 years. I have only Social Security Disability as income as I recently had to leave my last job due to spinal issues. I have no children and siblings are involved with their own families.

      I cannot live the rest of my God-given life just existing. I lost everything through an abusive marriage and more abusive divorce. I want to wake up with a purpose. I would like to be in contact with those that are looking to live with others like ourselves. Is it possible that this could be a reality? Although I am grateful to have a roof over my head, I have to believe there is more joy waiting for me. Hi Suzanne, I think you have the correct insight.

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      I also find when I try to make friends it seems that they are not interested because they already have their own family and circle of friends. Never in my life have I had such a hard time making friends. It all started after I got divorced. Even though my ex and I are still good friends. I moved to SC shortly after I divorced. I have tried to find a few meaningful friends. We all have our own health problems. I am a good listener and I would like someone that will also listen to me.

      I mostly like to be around positive people that like to laugh. I too have watched the Golden Girls and have thought how fun that would be to live together with close friends that get along so good. Unfortunately that is not real life. I will say I am trying to sell my home and move to a 55 retirement community. I have heard so many good things about this community.

      Besides having so many things to do. The most important reason I want to live there is that they look out for each other. I have heard this from many residents. I hope my home sells so I can move. It is a huge community with neighborhoods. At least I will be around people my age. BTW their is homes!

      I have gone to meetups, tried to find nice friends in my own neighborhood. Gone to parks with my dog and festivals. I just hope my home sells so I can move to this wonderful community. Married twice 20 years all together.. Just want a friendship.. I say can we just be Friends and they say I want something more.. My Sister tells me to get a DOG…. Some women of retirement age, have a lifetime of having their own homes, however modest. Things such as fine rolex watches mean nothing to us. Nice for you to have nice things, but that would never impress me. They are not mine, I did not work for them.

      Therefore I would never date any man who thought that was all that was important to me. Simple and basic, is all one really needs after all. I just want a friend to travel with and go to events with, so hard to find someone that wants the same. I am in Georgia, what part of the country are you? I am a 67 year old divorced woman, I have lived here for 2 years , I should have stayed in my home state at least I New a few people. Love horses and you said you have a small ranch in N.

      If this is not you, you can answer anyway if you like. I guess my life was at work.. I raised 3 kids who are grown with their own families.. I am in MA and just wondering your location, I am remission of leukemia and now wish I had never retired.. I am just curious. Why do you not want to get married again? If you are lucky enough to find someone that you care for and who cares for you, why would you not want to share your life? Just kidding, sort of. Are you looking just for a friend, or a friend with benefits?

      What is about being single that makes you want to stay that way? Hey Willis, My sympathies. This is why you tell yourself the lies about why women want to marry you. If you have women to care enough about you at age 70, you have it better than most. Women at that age are not looking to scam you. What they want is for their old fashioned morals to be respected. If a woman loves you, allowing her to marry you is not for what you own outside of your body, its for what you hold inside of you.

      Best of luck to you. I own my home and car. Not all women are wanting marriage. I seem to get along better with men for some reason. If you are interested in getting to know each other, I would like to make some friends. I understand how with your attitude you are alone Mr. Why even comment on a site for the senior population?

      Hi Di. I am 64 and have arthritis in my hands. I live in Mississippi. We moved here 2 years ago. My Mom died this past September, she was my best friend. I have not found anyone here I feel I could be friends with. I have 4 fur babies. My cats. All rescues. I now live close to my son and grandchildren. They are always busy. Hi I am Nash, 58, in Ohio, lost my spouse little over a year ago. This adjustment to a new life at this age is full of surprises to say the least. I am just looking for a like minded female to hang out with, do things with that like me, has their act together.

      Miss the companionship of someone to hang out with. I am very down to earth, no drama, no games, no BS. Exercise, look younger than my age. Like being outside, more of a summer person. Why is it so hard to find like minded people? Hello Nash. How are you i happened. To be reading what every one IS writing. About there different sittituations. My name is Yolanda i am single but right now taking care of my aging parents. At a crossroads with my life missing someone in my life too.

      Hi Nash — just writing to encourage you to just keep on searching. You sound like a great guy I am a retired senior and am not suitable for you but still know how you feel — long, boring story. Just know that your dilemma is pretty common but still painful, sometimes. God bless and help you. To many of the comments, best thing to do is help save and rescue animals.

      Become lost pet detective. Work, volunteer at animal shelter. The worse you feel, helping one is worse off can bring you comfort and grace. Good luck and go with God. Very True! Course we do have to make time for our own needs. Alone in this world after a lifetime of carring for others, i plan on being the best I can be.

      I agree, I am a 56 year old widowed male with no children, low income and not too many friends. I always feel better when I can help. Helping somebody working on a project. I would like to have more friends but, as we know it gets harder after 50 and being single and no kids.

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      Can anybody point me in the right direction. I live in Smyrna GA. I have looked at a few website for volunteer work. But all they want is donations. But I would be gladly to volunteer my time and maybe meet new friends. Hi John — Read your blog and you sound like a great guy. My heart goes out to you as some of us somehow end up in some pretty lonely and isolated situations.

      God bless you. My name is Dennis, Im 49yrs old. My wife divorced me months after the death of our daughter. Well, By choice I would love to get to know you become a real good friend whatever happens let happen. Hi Dennis…. Merry Christmas.. I live in Las Vegas…. Had a beautiful Christmas program last night—lights are great and so is music.

      Write soon if you want. Dear Dennis I am so sorry for your heart breaking tradgey. I am a 54 year old widow from nc. He was God bless you Dennis, I pray for the peace of God to be with you. My name is Rosa and I also live in New York. I also know how is feel to loose a family member who you truly love, it was my brother die in Take care I hope you feel better. Dennis, I am so sorry about your daughter and pray for you.

      I am sorry your wife left you as well. I lost my oldest son to murder 13 Oct. It has been 29 years for me and I still grieve each day that passes. Time does have a way of day that go by, I may not think of James, but most days he is with me. No writing you for anything, am 69, just letting you know prayers in my daily wake helps. God Speed Linda Ps my husband left me this past friday after 18 years. Linda My heart goes out to you. I lost my precious child in and thought I would never adjust. In many ways I have not. It was a tragedy, Life Guard talking to the girls and my son slipped away.

      No one understands. My stupid brother in law was surprised when I was still mourning after 3 months!!!! You do not get over the death of you child. If we returned back to our lives as if nothing happened, then something is very wrong. This experience can only change you. For better or worse, I hope for better. You see the world through different eyes. You walk through the chaff until you find someone that understands.

      The world is so phony. Even many that attend church or synagogue. Thankfully I have my husband of 40 years and my oldest son. And now a new grandson. I must say, that baby truly lifted my heart. Life is not about fancy homes and cars, etc. It is about relationships. Real relationships where you feel comfortable sitting quietly with some one, or weeping. There is so much sadness in this world.

      And what angers me are the spouses that walk out the door because it is too hard???? That is what marriage counseling is for. My faith saved me , even though I first cursed God. He was faithful and I pray you all feel His presence. At least Linda you understand some of my hell. I just lost my husband. Would love to just have a buddy in my life. Been married more than once. But I am not looking for a relationship. I am looking for a friendship. I know what loss is all about. My husband died with esphogael cancer.

      It was a tough journey. I do, so much agree. I want friends, platonic relationships. It seems everyone is desperate for a spouse At 65, I do look younger, but have 50 year old men intent on a relationship, which causes problems with female friendships. Would love just a glass of wine and good conversation. Being in a unique situation, not looking for relationship, can actually get lonely!

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      Wish they had friend sites, for those of us not looking for more. Hi Lorrie…i am looking for friendship. I live in Denver, Colorado, and I am pretty. Not sure where to turn or what to do. I would like to share my home with someone too. What a lonely girl to do?? Sa dy.

      I lost my husband last year to a sudden heart attack. I know how hard it is to lose someone close. I know all about the loneliness. I am 54 years old. Hi Dennis, I am so sorry about your daughter. I am 56 years old widow without kids and would like to meet you and share a friendship. It is good to have friends, to talk, to listen to you to go for a walk to relieve yourself of loss and grief. Hi Dennis, there are many fish in the ocean, life is to short to be waisted.

      Your daughter is your guardian angel now,if your wife leave you, her love is not genuine. Pray and do the good thing to others and a good woman from God will be send to you,cheers! This is Lanie from the Philippines. Where are you located being alone is rough. I am 67 and have been alone for almost 2 years. Someone to talk to or text with is nice. I would like to be your friend, can you contact me. Dennis sorry for your loss. Its often hard to find the right words to say when confronted with a complete stranger sharing their loss.

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