Brothers & Sisters,
The perception of being alone in the dark is scary for most and never acceptable to anyone. Bravery will not solve the problem that humans at points in their lives feel as if they are isolated with no one to protect them against the shadows that pass them in the night. What we do to extract ourselves from this darkness is what defines us as people for all of our days.
At some point in our lives, we all be shattered by some event. The people that turn this shattering into an opportunity for self-improvement and spiritual growth are the ones that are able to find the route to escape the oncoming darkness that is right behind them. All too often we compartmentalize what it is that we're going through instead of sharing it with the person in our life that is our chosen confessor. This, I believe is a death-knell for our success as human beings. We're meant to be social, and when we deny this, we fail to continue to lead a good life and in turn proceed to live a mediocre existence that won't ever be fulfilled. However, if we choose to pick up the shattered pieces of our existence from whatever misfortune assailed and broke us, we can find the good in it, move forward and live a better life. You cannot put yourself back together alone and to attempt to do so will only make matters worse. Friends, don't fret about being a burden to someone. Friendship comes with the agreement that you'll dole out many high fives and plenty of hugs, but you're also tasked with being able to pick your friend up off the ground, dust them off and be with them as they learn to walk again.
My brothers and sisters, you should understand that as long as I live, you will always have a light in the dark, a cabin in the woods with a warm fire and light to protect you from the darkness. I'm still just a text message, email or phone call away and available to you at any time day or night, just say the word, and I'm there. After all, you're my everything, the reason I live.