A Man Tweets ‘I Am Not Ok,’ And Receives Thousands of Comments from Strangers Around the Globe
A recent viral tweet demonstrated how giving a little bit of love and support to someone can produce huge, life-changing results.
Edmund O’Leary, an unemployed father of two from South East England, had been feeling particularly down one day when he tweeted out his feelings: “I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.”
I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.— Edmund O'Leary (@emerald1910) October 16, 2020
Within a few minutes, strangers from around the globe began doing exactly what O’Leary requested and replied. It rapidly gained traction and soon thousands of Twitter users were sending him words of support and encouragement. Some replies offered to help him with his CV, invited him to get coffee, gave artwork from their children, and showed pictures of pets and funny memes to try and cheer him up.
O’Leary’s tweet currently has over one hundred thousand replies and receives hundreds more each day.
“I was losing hope, I had contemplated checking out,” said O’Leary. “I thought I’d get no more than 50 people tops, just saying hello. But it clearly struck a chord and it went to Mars and back.
“I think what Twitter has shown is that we’re all in this together. People just need that little bit of light to get them through the day.
“My life will never be the same again. I always told my sons to reach for the stars; now I am going to do it myself.”
Thanks to O’Leary’s tweet and the thousands of kind words from strangers, many other people are also feeling the love from the replies.
Here are some of the tweets O’Leary received:
Hi Edmund, this is Humphrey. Well, I call him Humphrey. He lives alone a the field beside my house with no other donkey friends, so I speak to him every day as I’m worried he is sad and lonely. We all need someone to speak to. I hope you’re having a better day today. pic.twitter.com/LsaowcgcnT— Pamela Houston (@pammy77) October 17, 2020
Here is my son (3). He is wants you to love your self more. Even a bad LEGO construction can feel like an accomplishment. Just BEING is ENOUGH. Hoping for you to find joy in just Being. pic.twitter.com/MaagWddhqS— Vikram Kanagala MD, MS CTS (@bornlamron) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund. Don't give up. You're not alone. I hope you're feeling the love, even if it's just on this site. We all need each other. I'm glad you reached out and said something. Isolation is what will kill us, but when we reach out, we're brave warriors. So much love to you!— Julia Miller (@gracefulily27) October 16, 2020
Hi Edmund. I bought my mom two kittens after her beloved cat of 19 years died. Here’s one of them, Lulu, playing. Things get better. They always do. pic.twitter.com/RK7ybWIWQk— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund! Wanted to share this video I filmed of elephants in Kenya. If you ever want to chat my DMs are open. pic.twitter.com/Fe7dlBkotk— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 17, 2020
Hey Edmund! Your a brave lad putting your feelings out there! Your courage has given a lot of people permission to talk about how they are feeling. Despite feeling low, you have done a lot of good. I am very grateful! Bless you!— Etienne McD (@smcdonn4499) October 16, 2020
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