I've got suicide on my mind. But don't be alarmed. This post isn't about me, personally.
It started innocently enough: watching a TV show. I rarely watch TV, but 13 Reasons Why caught my eye after several friends posted about it on social media. So, I decided to give it a try.
A few days later came word of Chris Cornell's tragic death.
Then, the following day, as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, someone posted that they’ve been struggling for the past year and will now kill herself (both friends and the police stepped in to get the person help). The thing is, the person who commits suicide only dies once, but the people left behind die a thousand deaths as they grapple with trying to understand why.
So, this brings me to a question that I often think deeply about:
Are the majority of people are happy - or unhappy - with their life?
Think about this question. Are you happy? Why or why not?
Life is complex and the answer to this question is not simple. But we do have the power of choice.
If you're not happy with something in your life then I implore you change it. Now. Whatever it takes to bring happiness into your life. Each day is an opportunity to start anew.
Most importantly, if you have a problem that seems impossible to fix, trust me, it's not. But if it feels that way then please seek the assistance of another person - even if you just need to someone to talk to. Heck, if you don’t feel like you have anyone then shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is ALWAYS someone willing to help.
Suicide is NEVER the best option and, if you’re looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.
We’re all alive for a purpose so don’t give up before you find yours.
Just know that you’re more important than you know, and there are many people who care about you - whether you realize it or not.