I definitely have to agree with many of you that Seattle is a really hard city to live in, specially if you are a single individual coming from another state. I am in my late twenties, and thank God that I am finally leaving after 3 of my most miserable years of my life.
What brought me here was school, and what kept me here was a great paying job, but the lack of social life was really not worth it. I met "1" friend that's not from Seattle, but left right after finishing school. The absence of my only friend made it hard for me to cope with Seattle.
After my friend left, I begin to exercise and read tons of books, but it was not enough. I needed human interaction. The only thing that came close to talking to a human was on Skype. I began knowing myself more than before since "all" of my days where spend by myself. I attempted to socialize by volunteering, going out to bars, joining salsa clubs, taking language classes, playing basketball/soccer, playing an instrument, signing up for meetup groups, joining coworkers/roommates for events, taking yoga classes, and the list goes on. Making friends was just not happening, so I gave up and decided to focus on my goals and the things that I enjoy doing. It helped me beat many days, but I personally wasn't strong enough for others, which led me to have feelings of insignificance, extreme levels of self-hate, and even suicidal thoughts. Thankfully, I only got a couple of weeks to endure in this city.
Thanks everyone for reading my post. I really hoped one day, everyone will find peace in their lives.
By the way, here are my two cents for those that are planning to live in Seattle (not visit, but live):
1) Please don't come by yourself
2) Read about "Solitary confinement" prison cells, and it's psychological effects.
3) Understand why NASA never sends 1 person to space
4) Have multiple hobbies or be extremely skilled at one
5) Read about the culture of Seattle (may want to start with this whole website)
6) Have a workout routine and a healthy eating habit.
8) Be prepared to get your heart & soul broken
9) Get used to a lot of time by yourself.
10) Be very careful with the people that are pretending to be your friend so that you can join "amway" or so that you can receive some type of financial advising (Stay away from these people, they just want your money NOT your friendship).
11) Save a lot of money when you are here.
12) Don't make too much of an effort to make friends. The people that truly love you, and want to be around you will eventually enter your world, but once they have, don't lose them; Friends and Family are the best things in the world, and nothing can replace that.
13) Learn how to enjoy the small things and TRY to be grateful.
14) Don't drink alcohol to escape reality (read #4 again)
15) Read, read, read, read, and read.
16) Focus on your goals
17) Get a dog or a cat if you can or volunteer at a animal shelter
18) Remember that as of July 25th, 2015 there are 7,331,065,710 people in the world, so don't let "Seattle" get to you.