Hi everyone! Here we are once again inching closer and closer to another year gone. I hope that somewhere in your chaotic day you can find some down time to relax and enjoy time with family, friends or even yourself. I know that everyone is busy as a bee getting ready for the holidays and it can tend be overwhelming. Which leads me to something that’s been heavy on my heart lately….
I want to change things up on my post this week, instead of telling you about my week I’d rather talk about something else that is close to my heart….depression and suicide. This demon has been quietly surrounding us forever but it seems to be peaking it’s head out more and more, especially around the holidays. I came across a feed from a follower of mine on Facebook. He posted about being sad, death and not wanting to be a burden to anyone. Now I don’t know this person from adam and I was caught in that moment of decision making. Do I reply to his post or just keep scrolling past it? Well it didn’t take me long to decide what I had to do, so I ended up responding back to his post. Although depression and suicide are such a sensitive subject to touch on, I knew I had to say something to him. I made sure I chose my words wisely and speak from my experiences and heart. Let’s just say that I’m glad I responded, what kind of person would I be if I didn’t? The next day I saw him put a heart icon on my response, I was so relieved to see that knowing, yes, he’s still with us! I’m not sure what the Universe or that higher being has in store for him but I do know this….he’s a human being struggling through some tough times and needs to be told he is special and to keep hanging on.
I understand that we all have our own life to live with our own worries but please don’t take anything for granted when you see someone calling out for help, even if they are a stranger. It may be only a moment of your time that you reach out to someone but that moment could end up being a life line for someone. I don’t mean to ramble about this subject but it is such a sensitive, close to my heart and perplexing subject for me that I can’t help to ramble about. As I said, I know this demon all to well and in the end it comes down to the person themselves in fighting it. They are the only person in control of the end results of how to deal with their pain. It takes a lot of strength on their part and trying to change their thoughts on perceiving what is going on around them. To keep moving forward and not to fall into that self-destructive pit where I myself have been and barely came back from it. Some may not understand what I’m saying and some may. We may not have the answers to everything when it comes to depression and suicide but what we do have is the answer to being kind and compassionate to someone in need, whether we understand it or not.
So as I reiterate this once more, those of you who know someone going through a hard time, just be there for them as much as you can. And for those of you struggling, please reach out to family, friends, a therapist or just simply… anyone. Stay focused, positive and know, you are NOT a burden to anyone. We are all in this fight together. Stay STRONG!
Hugz & Kisses,