His Story, X

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The project aims at looking beyond the smiles of the next person, to see what’s really beneath, what’s really going on? How people really need help and won’t bother saying anything about it but would rather cover it up with a façade of strength, with a smile.
It’s time to look beneath the smile and lend a helping hand. People are going through real things, these are their stories.

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Today’s story was sent in by one of our readers, who has asked to stay Anonymous.

This is his story.

Please Read.

The ‘Beneath the Smile’ Project.

behind the smile

I have embraced loneliness to the point that it has become my comfort zone.

I can’t remember most of my childhood days. I shut out those memories because of what happened when I was younger. My parents had a very disturbing divorce when I was little. I can remember them fighting everyday, shouting, beating and all. My dad would shout, my mom would shout back and then they would start hitting each other. It got so bad that one day my dad chased my mom out with a gun. All I could do was cry and all my elder brother would do, was act deaf like nothing was happening and my baby sister could not understand anything that was happening because she was not up to a year.

Back then when I go to school, my brother and I would not want to come back home because of how things were at home. Then one day we came back home from school and found out that we were moving to another house without my dad and the next day we started going to court everyday, till they finalised the divorce and they said my mom would take the girl while my dad took us, the boys. (My brother and I)

My mom took us all, but still I couldn’t handle it. At times, I would run away to my dad’s house and back to my mom’s. I kept going to and fro like that. Still, my brother wasn’t saying anything till one day, he couldn’t handle it and he ran away. We found him the next day, but he said he wanted to go and stay with my step brothers and sisters, that he didn’t want to stay with either of my parents. That’s most of what I can remember from my childhood and it affected me growing up.

I started rebelling, always making trouble. I wasn’t feeling loved by anybody, not by my mom nor my dad. Then finally, my mom left me and took my sister to the UK and they became citizens there. My dad took me to go join the rest of my brothers and sisters. After much rebellion from me, he put me in a boarding school, but I got expelled. I changed schools a lot, I went to more than 12 schools before I got into the university.

I finally got into a federal university. I was so disturbed in the head that I did not have any regard for life. I smoked weed a lot and I joined a fraternity. I became the number one of my squad and I was feared by many. I never did anything spiritual, I never killed anyone, but I put a lot of people in the hospital. Then in my final year, I left because I became the target of a rival fraternity.

I got into CU and started afresh. In CU, I became very quiet. I hated violence, I tried to play with people and make people laugh. I was very friendly and NOTE this I hated who I was before. I regret the fact that I was in a fraternity group. I became the kindest and cutest person you could ever know. I became calm, but I had this hole in my heart. I was still very lonely. When I’m alone in my room, I think a lot and almost want to cry and that was how I developed high BP which still affects me till now.

I was trying to get close to God and I did at some point, but then, the only girl I ever loved left me like that and went to meet some other guy. Then I realized that I never experienced love from my childhood till now. I prayed and prayed for her to come back and she didn’t and I lost my faith, which is still hard for me to get back even till now.

But then again, I started finding comfort in loneliness, but when you see me, I smile and laugh a lot. I still have this great loneliness in me. At some point, the loneliness left because of one of my cousins. We were so close, always hanging out and stuff. We did everything together, went clubbing together and all. We were always together. But one fateful day, the 2nd of September, 2012… he died and left me all alone again… Just like that. Before then, the last time I cried was when I was little because of the divorce, but last year, I cried everyday for almost two months, every single day before I go to bed, I would cry. My palms used to shake because I used to cry so hard and they still shake till now.

Then someone who I never really spoke to, all that in school came and comforted me, she took part of my loneliness away and showed me what love is. We’ve been dating for 5 months now, but sometimes the loneliness is still there.

Beneath my smile remains a lonely heart.

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N.B. The project goes on with Tomorrow’s  #VideoWednesday, {8am} and ’His Story, XI’ by an Anonymous writer, {4pm}

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14 thoughts on “His Story, X

  1. Most times, even when we have a million and one people around us to make us happy, u have to still bear in mind that they won’t be there forever… Death could take them away or they could just walk away… The only person that can bring you out of ur loneliness is God… Make him know how much u need dt constant feeling to go away, it might take a long time, it might not… But with time it’ll go away… Be fine.

  2. Please neva give God a condition when u want to love or know him more cos he loves unconditionally…Thank God u found a sweet person to make u c things from anoda angle…but note she might leave cos change is constant…learn how to make life worth livin even if ders nobody der…u cld start by putn a smile on ppls’ faces, dat has helped me a lot n still dos.

  3. No1 can really solve ur problem xcept God, especially loneliness, ure jst gona keep lookin for temporary stuff to fill d void… I advice u to get bck ur faith, then do sumin worthwhile, either volunteer at an orphanage or an autism center etc…it’ll take ur mind of urself, and show u they’re so many things to b grateful for in life.

  4. Aww. I hope you stop feeling lonely and let love & God fully into your heart. And I’d be willing to be a friend, if you’d let me 🙂

  5. Hi friend. First, your parents ruined your early life!! But there isn’t consolation. You were a bad guy but you took a u-turn and that’s God working for you. He will do the rest. Just let God into your life and have an open heart towards all creatures and loneliness will vanished.

  6. Hmn…. Well, ur experience is touching & at a point heart rending, but one thing I have come to understand is that no one can really make u happy, lively, joyful but urself. Determine to keep urself happy by firstly, having a RELATIONSHIP with ur Creator. U don’t just talk or think about God but develop a relationship with Him by first realizing that u can’t help urself and He’s the only one who can help u. Ask Him to help u navigate through life. As u grow in ur relationship with God, the hole will be filled because u’ll begin to understand that He’s all u really need. Secondly, get to learn inspiring songs and sing as much as u can whether anyone is there or not. Keep a good relationship with other people but never allow ur happiness or joy to be dependent on them. Like they say ‘No one can make u unhappy without ur permission. Ur parents have lived their lives. It’s time u lived urs and make sure u don’t repeat their mistakes.

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