Classic me, I posted and disappeared for a while to deal with loneliness on my own haha.
smallwolf - I had a quiet Christmas, and I spent the time with my dog which was nice. I didn't get to buy a coffee because the line was around the corner basically from 8AM to 1PM! I got my coffee on Boxing Day though, so that was nice.
Bananie1234 - Ah I'm so sorry to hear about all the plans to spend time with loved ones that didn't come off. That must be so disappointing. I was meant to spend some of this holiday period with my closest friends but then Sydney got hit by the new outbreak and I can't get to them in Canberra. I hope the hike was nice!
Lillylane - I'm glad you've found this thread and the BeyondBlue forums helpful and I'm sorry to hear a bit about your family history. It sounds like a real challenge, and I can understand the current relationship problems must make that feel even worse. I've had a similar thing this year where my own relationship broke down which makes this period of the year very challenging.
quirkywords - nice to hear from you. It was alright as I mentioned to smallwolf. New year's eve and day are the next hurdles and then once I'm back into my daily routine, and hopefully get to go see my newborn godson in Canberra, it won't feel as lonely. I hope you're well!
golden82 - a volunteer centre next year sounds like it would be lovely. that's an excellent idea :)
Bara - thanks for posting here! It's nice to hear from you. 'Making the most of what we have' is an idea that brings me such mixed feelings. I find it both motivating, like the idea of making lemonade out of lemons, yet so sad that all I got was lemons. Oh well. I hope you and your 14 year old are doing well :)
mb20lover - Yes, I understand that. I also have my sister and my mother, father and stepfather here, and of course my dog and rabbit and bird. But in my version of a perfect christmas and birthday and new year, I'd also have someone special to celebrate with. Thanks for posting