To the left of the room, he took his seat near the window. Two people waved to him as they passed by and one stopped to say “hello.”
Most of the others walked by without a word. Many without a glance. He was saddened for a moment and wondered why they did this. They must be busy, he decided.
He watched as others gathered around their friends and family. He was intrigued by their interactions, laughter and conversations. A proud father and his small child held hands as they walked side by side. A loving mother comforted her crying baby, as she pressed its small body against hers. A group of girls giggled in the corner of the room together, while several boys played in the back.
A while passed. No one else came over to him. No one waved. No one saw him.
He sat alone, watching the others. He wondered why he was different. How come people didn’t interact with him, like they do with everyone else? Why did most of them pass by him as if he were nothing more than furniture?
He sat alone, waiting. Waiting for someone to see him. Waiting for them to realize that he’s a person too. That just like them, he has feelings. He wants to feel loved.
He wants to be wanted.
The loneliness burned inside of him, melting him away little by little. For most people, the pain would have been too much to bear, but for him it was life. His life. The life that he had grown accustomed to, or so he thought. After all this time he should have been used to it, but he couldn’t deny the hurt that he felt. The hurt that he faced continually and carried with him everyday.
He wanted to cry out. To express his feelings, hoping that someone would hear, but he didn’t know how. How could he help them to understand? He couldn’t. So he remained silent. They would never understand. Nothing would change. In their eyes, he would always be different and would always be treated that way.
He sat alone. That was his life.
Everyone wants to be wanted.
No two people in this world are exactly the same. Everyone has their own unique qualities and characteristics. Not everyone is understood. Not everyone speaks, looks, or behaves the same way. However, that does not mean that they should be treated any differently. Everyone has feelings. Everyone wants to feel loved. Everyone wants to be wanted.
No one regardless of their background, race, social or financial status, disability, or age should be treated lower than someone else. Everyone deserves respect, love and compassion.
No one should be left alone just because they’re different.
Take a moment to talk with someone you normally would not. The impact of your kindness may be greater than you think.