Hi. I'm a first-time poster here, and I'm wondering, since we all have at least one thing in common - loneliness - if these forums can be used to meet like-minded people in our own area for support and hopefully new relationships? My story (just the most recent part): I lost my mom at the beginning of COVID. I lost my best (and only) friend a few months later, then I finished that year when my first (and only ever) serious relationship ended after a challenging 10 years. I've been in emotional limbo since, doubting myself and my future. My life's never been very easy or fulfilling, but I've done my best to find purpose wherever I could, and that has kept me going, from taking care of my mom as she declined from Alzheimers, to spending time with my friend who had a host of health issues and was a horder, to caring for my "ex" as she struggled with her own emotional issues and recovered from a brain injury. Even so, my mom favored my sisters, my friend often vented on me because of his own frustrations, and my "ex" never seemed to appreciate anything I did to help her, but I always hung on, partly out of a sense of duty, and partly because I needed them as much as they needed me. Now I'm 54. I've been in the same job for many years, and although I like that stability, the people I work with have not made that time easy. I'm an introvert, so meeting new people is not so easy to begin with, and I personally don't think I have much to offer to the opposite sex aside from my honesty and patience. Still, I've always heard there's someone out there for everyone. Now I just want to make some friends, at least one, and possibly find a life-partner who understands on some level the pain I've been through from their own personal experiences, and who wants to form new, lasting, positive relationships. I think most here are looking for the same thing, aren't they? If there are any like-minded souls near me, let's chat and take some baby steps toward making each of our lives a little better. I'm tired of being alone and sad. I want to share life with others while we grow a little stronger and little happier together. I'd love to hear your thoughts! I'm not fast to reply, but I will reply. Thanks for reading!