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We all have social lives, We love to hang out with our friends. But in some cases, there are certain individuals who find it difficult to make friends. Or their lives are so messed up that they forget how to make friends or they don’t know how to start a conversation.
This is a leading factor for isolation and many of us are suffering from this kind scenario. Similar was the case with a young man from Denmark who had no friends. He was at that point in his life that he could have done anything to make some friends.
However, instead of doing something stupid, he took out his smartphone and wrote down a long message using the app called Jodel. The app works in such a way that you can write your message using the app and the message will be displayed to anyone who is within 10 Kilometers, given that the individual is using the same application.
The individual can see your written message and reply to it. This man had no idea that the message he wrote will change his life and 10,000 others.
The Message Says “I am desperate to meet new friends. I’m lonely and going through the hardest period of my life. I’ll sit on the stairs in front of the town hall from 2pm to 8 pm. I have black pants and a North Face bag on.”
This man is an orphan by birth and has lived all his childhood and young life moving from orphanages to orphanages. He was getting anxious and isolated and the conditions he had lived in made him what he is today.
The fear of insecurity as a child and violent assaults he experienced made him lose hope. He said that he emerges as a person whose self-esteem is so low that he fears people. He thinks that they will hurt him verbally or physically.
His life was only getting worse and suddenly his girlfriend who was with him for the past six years cheated on him and left.
He felt miserable where he even thought of committing suicide. He was mentally disturbed so he was admitted to a psychiatric ward where he was treated for a span of one week before he was released.
He says that he had never made friends his entire life and he doesn’t know how to approach a human to ask if he/she wants to be friends with him.
This time he decided to write a letter using the Jodel application. It was a message written out of desperation and he was only writing it not because he was hoping that someone will read it and rescue him, but he was writing it out of frustration.
Luckily, a lot a people read that message this man wrote and 13 of the individuals decided to show up and help him. He didn’t believe what happened, he was simply writing this message out of desperation, he had no idea that anyone would react to his message.
At first, he was a little hesitant to accept their friendship but after talking for some time, they all mingled with this man. This instance went viral and the man was invited by a radio jockey from Radio24Syv in Denmark for a public interview.
He was at first a bit afraid, he thought that people will make fun of him. But, he hesitantly accepted the radio station’s offer to tell his story.
He now runs a free nationwide peer-to-peer network where he talks to hundreds of lonely Danes in a single day. Since then, a year has passed down and this man has managed to save the lives of many lonely individuals and in doing so has made thousands of friends.