Let’s Battle The Demons Together; Suicide prevention.
You were put on this earth, to make a difference not be indifferent. You were put on this earth, to fill the void not create a gap. You were put on this earth, to help others not to hurt. You were put on this earth, by the grace of god, not no other. So be grateful. Be honored.
I am stunned and deeply saddened by the losses that we have had this week. And so many more that we do not know or hear about. This week Kate Spade, a fashion icon and Anthony Bourdain, an explorer of cultures and foods, have both given their lives to suicide. These suicides are a reminder to us that no matter how famous, how successful or wealthy you are, the smile on your face may not be what’s really inside. Who knows what they were going through, and now we will never know because they have taken it with them. We all have our own demons to fight. We all have our own struggles in life. But it’s important that we look out for one another and reach out to people.
Depression, anxiety, abuse, and addiction,etc, all need to be dealt with. If we are suffering from any one, all or others, it is important to reach out to someone. Maybe someone we know personally or professionally. There is always the suicide prevention hotline, 1-800-273-8255.
I, myself have suffered from anxiety and event-related depression. I have known what it is to feel anxious, helpless, hopeless, always worrying about whats next, and feeling unworthy. For whatever reason we may feel this way, it may be due to certain events in our lives or every day life, the best way around it and one of the ways to tackle this feeling is by speaking to someone. Maybe somewhere and somehow this can be helped and prevented.
I suffered from anxiety and depression during a major, tragic event that occurred in my life. I sought help from my family and friends. They showed me love, they gave me time and taught me how to laugh again. The support system during this time of need is so important. The overwhelming feeling of life, events and self worth is so crushing that nothing feels right because everything is going wrong. They told me I was loving, kind, compassionate, funny and endearing. They told me I was beautiful and worthy. But I still felt the void. I still felt that I was none of the above. Why am I here, what am I doing here? …But my family and my close friends, never left my side. They stuck with me through, literally, thick and thin. They embraced me and showed me the beauty of my life, the beauty of my soul and they drew me away from my negative thoughts.
These feelings are so overwhelming that you aren’t yourself. You are like an altered version of yourself that you should have never had to see. I also found peace in God. I developed my one on one relationship with him. I realized no matter what I have been through in life, it is God who pulled me out and moved me around. When one door closed, he opened another. Maybe not instantly, but soon enough. And this taught me to be patient. I realized how precious my life is. How precious everyone’s life is. Why not just change the way I think instead of ridding the world of me? I started getting closer to God, asking for some answers, seeking guidance, looking for signs. Sometimes I would look, not find anything, and get lost in my dark thoughts and feel hopeless and helpless. But with time, I realized how to love myself, understand myself and my being. I started doing something that made me free from these thoughts and the feeling of hopelessness. I started traveling the world, as often as possible. I started to love the world, love the people, and love my soul. I now know who I am and what I am capable of. I deserve to be here, we all do. I found something to change my life, my thoughts and my demeanor. And this helped me get past my depression and anxiety. I hope you do too. Our life is too precious, we are all worthy and blessed to be here.
We never really know someone else’s pain or what demons they battle. We can’t see what burdens a person may carry. I hope those who suffer from these overwhelming feelings find a way, find people or call the suicide prevention hotline, to help them distinguish these thoughts. I hope we can all see the light at the end of each tunnel. I hope we can all ride the waves of every storm. We are all in this together. Regardless of any negativity, we should always remain positive in every situation because we all have the chance to get another day, to try again. I know how tempting the exit can be, but it’s not worth it. Find someone. Help someone. Battle it out and fight the war and get past it. I know it might not be easy, i know it might take some time but do it. Get the help you need. There is nothing wrong with that. Let’s improve ourselves and support one another to face our battles together.
Find family, find friends, find a stranger, or call the hotline 1-800-273-8255. There is no shame in this game. And the game is life. Fight hard, get help. It won’t be easy, but I promise it will be worth it.