Man tweets “I am not ok” and receives support from all over the world
On Friday night, Edmund O’Leary shared his feelings on Twitter, asking fellow Twitter users for help.
After a long and difficult year, O’Leary felt depressed and helpless. One night, the father of two decided to share his feelings on Twitter. He explained that he has been ‘feeling rock bottom’ and asked people to take just a few seconds to say hello. Only shortly after he had posted the tweet, O’Leary began to receive messages of support. These messages came from all over the world as ordinary people, celebrities, and even airports responded to his tweet.
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
Since Friday, O’Leary’s tweet has been liked over 304,000 times.
The whole experience has been absolutely surreal and provides me with a lot of hope. I’ve gone from feeling like a nobody to feeling like a somebody. To have that happen overnight is just surreal, something that most ordinary people have never experienced or will never experience.
Some of the responses he received can be seen below:
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
Hello Edmund! We don’t know each other, but I know that so so so many people are feeling heavy right now. The toll of this year is immense. Just remember that it’s a relay; we can all share the baton. You’re not alone. Better days are coming. You deserve to see them. Sending ♥️
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund, you are not alone. So many people are feeling exactly that way at the minute. Never forget that you are loved & there are people who care about you. We see you like 747s; here’s one just for you, along with a picture of dawn in Dublin. Sending you hugs from back home. pic.twitter.com/x2TyI06uD7
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) October 17, 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
Edmund, here’s some video of my guinea pigs. I hope they help take you out of yourself for five minutes, which might then become ten, then fifteen, and so on. The whole world is cheering you on pic.twitter.com/2iUzJP0pLn
— james (@jamesjammcmahon) October 17, 2020
Remember that just like Edmund O’Leary, you too are not alone.