She had no idea about the kind of response she was about to get and soon she was flooded with messages from like-minded people in her area.
Loneliness is not a good feeling and people dread staying alone for a long time in their life. Some are introverts and some people's life situation and helplessness have made them lonely. Something similar happened with this woman, who was a lonely mother and wanted to have friends in her life. Her life changed when she requested on social media for some friends after she got fed up of her loneliness.
Deborah Hawkins labeled herself as a 'Billie no mates' because she didn't have any friends or any social circle, and became too lonely and sick of the situation that made her do something about it. The 51-year-old took it to social media and wrote an emotional post on Facebook. She wrote that she "wears her heart on her sleeve" and wished that she had "some friends to socialize with," reported Mirror.
Deborah is a single mum-of-two grown-up daughter, therefore she feels lonely as they are busy in their own life. She had no idea about the kind of respond she was about to get and soon she was flooded with messages from like-minded people in her area. This became so high in demand that the online sales businesswoman ended up creating a group for everyone called 'Swadlincote making friends social."
Today she has dozens of friends and she is happy where she is. She added: "Last summer was one of the hottest ever, I was fed up of spending it on my own. I wanted to go to beer gardens [and] restaurants, and enjoy the sun with some company. When the girls were younger, I was always busy, and I would socialize with school mums, so loneliness was never a problem."
She added, "Before I knew it, they were teenagers and were out doing their own thing, so I quickly became miserable of being alone. I was fed up of seeing nice restaurants that had just opened, or even coffee shops as I felt too embarrassed to go in on my own. One day I had enough of being on my own and I had nothing to lose so I poured my heart out on a Swadlincote Facebook group in a bid to make some new friends."
Deborah was not sure about how people would react if she showed her vulnerability to social media. In fact, she thought that people will make fun of her. She said, "I was anxious and I thought everyone was going to laugh at me, but within minutes, it was clear there were loads of people in the same boat." It has been almost eight months since the group was created, and today that group has more than 300 members.
Deborah added: "We are always doing something like coffee mornings on Thursday and Fridays, bingo, pub quizzes and live music on Saturdays. I now go out more than my daughters, my calendar is always full and I am happier than ever." The courage Deborah showed to talk and reach out to the world of strangers has helped her today gaining friendship with like-minded people, reported Daily Mail.
Deborah added: "I was over the moon with the replies, everyone was so nice and thankful that I plucked up the courage to write the post. The first event was a huge success, around 20 of us met in a cafe and it wasn't awkward at all." She also shared the fact that she keeps busy ever since she has made friends. She said, "I now go out more than my daughters, my calendar is always full and I am happier than ever."