WARNING: SUPER LONG POST AHEAD:
I wanted to talk about something non-fitness related. You see these four kids? From L-R it's my cousin Nikki, me, my cousin Duane, and my brother Eric. The four of us were inseparable growing up. From jumping on the couches pretending to be power rangers to playing video games until 6 AM to just simply sitting in a room with the four of us talking about random stuff. These three were my favorite people in the world. We grew apart when we got older--nikki and Duane moved 8 hours away, then my brother moved for med school, and nikki for nursing school. But we still had our reunions during the holidays and those are some of the best memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. On September 16, 2014, Duane took his own life and my entire world was shaken. We were no longer the inseparable four.
I just finished the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and it triggered a lot of emotions. It's been almost 3 years and it will NEVER feel real. After watching this series, it solidified the reasons why I want to become a mental health nurse. I just hope that nobody ever feels as much pain and loneliness that my cousin may have felt.. know that there is help out there. Be kind and loving for we all know the world could use more of it. ❤