posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 12:12 AM
I think its safe to say that all of us have at one point or another, to varying degrees of seriousness, contemplated taking our own lives. I've
personally hit rock bottom and I'm still in the process of picking myself up and dusting myself off. I am grateful that I have never been close to
taking my own life before, but I can certainly empathise with those who have.
I'm not an overly religious person, in my opinion. I was raised in the Episcopal church. I was Baptised and had my First Holy Communion. My mother
tried dragging us to church every weekend, but over time we stopped going. I've prayed to God just about every night of my adult life. It was
Richard Nixon who reportedly told Henry Kissinger, "Never be too proud to get down on your knees before God." For the last year or so I've tried
to go to church every Sunday, or as often as possible. My girlfriend is Catholic but has been open enough to come to my church instead of dragging me
to her far more strict branch of religion. Our Pastor is a great guy. Married with a couple of children, he actually listens to Metallica and is a
professional wrestling fan! He's down to Earth and has a great sense of humor.
I don't know if any of that information I just provided is relevant, except to give you a little background on myself and what I'm basing my advice
to you on. I've never sat down and read the Bible. However, I believe that suicide is a sin. Granted, I don't consider people such as those on
9/11 who when given the choice between burning in a slow and painful death decided instead to leap to their deaths, to be sinners at all. So maybe
I'm a hypocrite. But what I believe even more passionately is that killing yourself is one of the most horrible and selfish things you could ever do
to your friends and loved ones. And no matter what you want to believe, I know that there are people who love you and care about you. Even if they
themselves are no longer on this Earth, they are still watching over you and still caring about you.
Martin Luther King said something along the lines of "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but
where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." This part of your life is your test, my friend. Whether you believe in God or not-
something, or some higher power, is testing you. The pitch is bearing down on the plate and you need to decide whether you're going to swing for the
fences or just drop your bat and walk home. Believe me when I tell you that those who fight for what they believe in, and do their best to overcome
adversity, are ultimately rewarded. Whether your reward comes in this life or the afterlife is a moot point. Killing yourself will void everything.
It will cheat you of every great thing and every great moment that lies ahead. And it will cheat the world of your contributions, it will cheat those
who love you and those who will someday love you, and it will cheat those who's very lives depend on you creating them.
My guess is that you're still a fairly young person. When you're older, and you've exhausted all efforts, and you've loved another person more
than you've ever loved yourself, and you've experienced all that life has to offer, THEN you can make your own decision. But when the vast majority
of the story of your life has yet to be written, why would you end it all right now?
I hope my ramblings will in some way help you make the right decision. If not, my thoughts and prayers are with your friends and loved ones. Just
remember, no matter what, that you are NEVER alone. You have so much help at your disposal should you choose to accept it. Stand up and do the right
thing, my friend. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and be grateful for the things that you do have in life- food to eat, a roof over your head,
friggin internet access and ATS membership! LOL. Just think of all the things you have that someone in Somalia or Ethiopia would literally give
their limbs for. Remember that no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone else that has it much worse and has never once
considered giving up. God bless...