A few years back, I made a post on this very board titled "Depression never seems to go away for me." I was feeling lost, hopeless, alienated, depressed, angry, and sad at that time. Furthermore, I had a very negative attitude towards myself.
Since then, I have done better in school, made some new friends, reconnected with some old ones, got busy with a few social groups, started exercising more regularly, spent more and better time with family members, and gotten a great therapist. What I realized is that I already had a great support system, or at least the foundations of one; I just needed to embrace it and expand it. Life was not going to happen for me; I had to make life happen for me. And getting outside of myself, honestly helped me save my life.
Of course, I feel very fortunate and blessed to have such a great support system. But there were things in my control, aspects about my life that weren't working for me, that I realized I had the power to change for the better. It hasn't been easy, by any means, and a lot of the reaching out to people, becoming more flexible, and breaking old habits has been challenging, to say the least. But man...it is so worth it to really live life, to not just be a lost soul, hating himself, but to realize that I am of value, and that everyone I meet is of value as well.
So to those who don't feel good, because of shyness, social anxiety, isolation, awkwardness, or whatever aspects of your life that you don't like, to those who feel they don't have a good support system-know this. You are of value, but it's up to you to really believe and embrace that. No one else can live your life for you.
I'll get off my soapbox now. :D
PS: Thank you, to everyone here who offered me advice and support a few years back. I really appreciate it, now.