I am really surprised that WordPress has taken on such a controversial topic! My first reaction is to have nothing to do with the subject. It is timely though, as I received a text message yesterday about a suicide. I don’t know him personally but he recently bought the house my Aunt and Uncle had lived in for 60 years. He had only been living there for about six months and tragically took his own life a few days ago.
It got me thinking about my reaction. I have lots of memories of that home and the yard I played in as a child. It is part of my fabric of growing up. Now this has happened. Will I ever think of this place the same again? How is it that such a tragedy can leave a tangible change in the environment? It is so sad. What about the impact it has on his family, neighbours and wider community?
I knew a few people who committed suicide and I feel great sadness they felt there was no other way out. Our thoughts and our feelings can be influenced by so many things such as hormones, chemical imbalance, negative thinking, loneliness and isolation, pain – emotional and physical, alcohol and drugs to name just a few.
I wish I could come out with some wisdom that offered hope to those who feel that way but no words come to mind. Perhaps I would say – just put one foot in front of the other, keep going and just take things moment by moment and hopefully the bad feelings will pass, as they often do. And, tell someone you can trust, how you REALLY feel.