Desperately Coping with Loneliness

I saw a video about this guy, Jeff Ragsdale, who in the height of the breakup-related depression, just posted flyers around Manhattan asking people to call him. He was so lonely and on the brink that he just printed a bunch of posters with his phone number and put them up across the city, hoping someone would reach out to him. Well, someone did not reach out to him - MANY people reached out to him and soon his desperate plea for companionship went viral and became a global show of solidarity. As he says in the video, a city like New York, even with all the hustle and bustle, can be a lonely place and having lived across the pond myself, I know big cities, even with all the stuff going on around you, can really feel like a lonely and empty place. I think many people managed to relate to his poster.

Now while I am not sure whether I would post a flyer around the place inviting the unwashed masses to call me, you can certainly understand the need for an ear, a comforting word, when one feels like the last and only person in the middle of a busy metropolis. And it speaks to the basic human need for companionship and solidarity.

In this case, this guy, who apparently has suffered with depression and other related issues all his life, found a lot of comfort in the voices of strangers, many of whom called from outside the United States. I am sure he is not sad and depressed today, as he has just launched a book based on these calls and the various experiences people shared with him - some consoling him, others looking to be consoled.

This entire story just highlights a couple things - people are still amazing, even as the world news, on a daily, even hourly basis, paints humanity as money-grubbing, selfish cretins; and secondly, you can make money from just about anything in the US of A. Even from a book about phone calls.


5 comments:

  1. THAT'S AWESOME(that people reached out to him)....IT REALLY DOESNT FEEL GOOD TO FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ALONE IN THIS WORLD SOMETIMES !!!

    WAY TO GO JEFF

    YOU ARE A BRAVE DUDE

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  2. That's pretty awesome. I like that he did something about it. Very hard thing to do when you're in the middle of a depression episode. :)

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  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! I'm so inspired by this guy.

    Stopping by from SITS - thanks for sharing this!

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  4. That is so great!! When you think about it.....that is why Facebook is such a success. It gives people the ability to share what they are going through or share moments of their life with the intention of hoping someone is listening. Every like or comment received makes that person feel good and happy. We all need to feel listened too and facebook makes it easy to share:-) Stopping by via SITS sharefest. Happy Sunday!! ~ Anna

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  5. Oh, I love this. And wish I had seen this poster around the city. I couldn't agree more: sometimes it's easy to feel like a little fish in a very big pond and loneliness is something many of us struggle with on a daily basis. I'm glad he was so proactive about it.

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