A “normal” writing idea for my blog has escaped me this week. I’m thinking its because Robin Williams’ suicide hit me harder than I expected. I’ve felt depressed before. It sucks. Haven’t we all on some level at some time in our life? I can honestly say I’ve had times in my life when I had suicidal thoughts. I’m not ashamed to admit and share this. It’s part of my human experience. I just could not see the direction I needed to go and I lost hope. I bet many of you have had some form of this experience.
Some part of me knew I’d never go through with it. Some part of me knew help was available and I could get it. I did get help. Therapists are amazing people. The one I worked with helped me see that I had choices. Options my depressed brain at the time could not see. I think that’s what often we are seeking. To know we have choices, there is hope, and we can feel better. I don’t condemn or condone Robin’s choice. I’ve never been diagnosed with clinical depression. I can’t possibly imagine what that must feel like.
Honestly, I don’t ever want to.
The choices to be made for our life cannot be made by anyone but us. I can’t possibly know or understand the indescribable pain he must have felt to decide that the only way out was to end it. That was his choice.
If you’re reading this and you’re feeling depressed, feeling helpless, and feeling hopeless, there is someone waiting to help you. Always. 24/7. Call a friend. Get a counselor. Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255!
There are people put on the earth just for the sole purpose to help others through their pain.
You are human. I am human. You and I are not alone. We survive by celebrating together during the good times and helping each other through the tough times. People want to help you. They really do.
Your life is worth so much to so many. Look at the effect Robin Williams has had on the world this week. Don’t underestimate how important you are to humanity, or to at least one other human being.
That number again, 800-273-8255.
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