So, I haven't said this to anyone, ever. Today though it finally hit me as something I need to get out there and get a secondary viewpoint on. I feel SOOOO insanely lonely. I have great friends, and have a better relationship with my family than ever before. It seems my issue is with romantic love. I don't like admitting it, because I know love is not something you need in order to survive, and I pride myself on being strong enough to make it through my life on my own. I do this just fine everyday despite what adversity comes my way. Yet there seems to be so much repressed pain from it all that I just fall apart for a moment every time I feel alone. It's weird though, because logically I am perfectly content with being single. I like who I am, and enjoy the freedom of being a loner. I am not seeking sex, a relationship, companionship, or validation, yet I feel this need to love and be loved. Why? It's so paradoxical. Is it merely biological? So my question is, how do I get rid of this loneliness? It tears me apart with no logical reason. I'm still young and have years to find someone, if I even truly want someone. I want to be completely content if I am never loved and yet not close myself off to the possibility. Basically, I want the pain caused by the loneliness to stop without having to repress it and create adverse effects on my mental state. Any ideas, thoughts, or random observations?