I think our attitude is the key to success with this challenge of dealing with loneliness. What I see in my life is that we need to keep that attitude positive even though we get knocked about in our attempts. I’ve been getting out more but there are still times I’m feeling lonely. Also I interact with more people and as a result there are more awkward moments when the interaction isn’t going well. I could be focused on the negatives and say, “Hey I’m still alone quite often and I still have awkward social moments so screw it. I’m quitting and crawling back under my rock. Going to go back to all the crazy sexual acting out I was doing before”. The temptation is there to do just that. INSTEAD I’ve chosen to keep progressing which I’m doing slowly but surely. The positive interactions I have with people are increasing. The negative interactions with people aren’t bothering as much as they use to. Before negative interactions resulted in me hiding in my house and not wanting to try again for a long time. I’m slowly building up confidence in talking to everyone regardless of sex or social status. I’ve a long way to go in areas but I am making progress and in a better place now than in 2017. So for those that say they want to quit trying, do you realize that nothing good/worthwhile comes with a casual effort? It isn’t easy getting yourself out there into society but it has to be done. We have to learn how to handle rejection, how to make blundering mistakes but learn from them and move on, and we need to learn how to talk to people in realistic/constructive ways. Those things aren’t going to happen if we sit around wallowing in pity parties. And yes I’ve spent lots of time having one man pity parties, what a waste of time those were. So come up with a plan and do it. You have to start somewhere. Start making those mistakes and learn from them. Stop sitting at home whining. Let’s all grow up and mature.