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Pop Along

By David Mackenzie

There's been an incredible response to Populus in the few months since it's inception. Our Facebook page has grown enormously, our events have been very well attended, and the comments we've received have been incredibly encouraging. There has been one small thing that has played on our minds though. An issue, a sentiment, which I want to make sure is not a part of this organisation. That is, that Populus is (for want of a better word) for loners. 

As I've said in the past and as is our new motto, Populus means people and that's who it's for, for all of us. Let me be clear, it is for everyone, "loners" are included in that, but not only those who feel that isolated. It is not a pity party, it is not a depressed circle of people wallowing in their seclusion. It is a social group! It's to meet new people, to make friends. There is nothing negative about this organisation, it is simply to reduce loneliness. 

If you want to meet new people and make new friends, come along! Everyone is welcome here. There is no mandate to be paralysed with loneliness, there is no requirement to be a loner. At the end of the day though, it doesn't matter. I don't want anyone to be put off because they misconstrue what we're about it who we're for. In a sense I don't care if they think it's not for them because they're not a "loner". I've never considered myself to be in that kind of category but I have definitely been very lonely.

What could be more positive than people making new relationships? In my mind, there is nothing negative there, nothing to be ashamed of.

If you're still in doubt, if you still think you're too cool to be lonely, then come along. Why not try it? What could you possibly have to lose?

Be brave, take the courageous step that others have and pop along for a cup of free hot chocolate and the chance to talk to someone new. I promise we don't bite.

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