It is unfathomable to many why one would commit suicide.
“Those who kill themselves have perhaps felt not only despair, but also the momentary loss of self-consciousness.” – Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon, page 245.
It goes against every fiber of your being to do it. So, imagine instead, if you felt nothing – no fibers.
It’s helpful to empathize with the people who attempt or complete suicide for two reasons:
- You might better recognize the symptoms in someone else.
- You might better recognize the symptoms in yourself.
Yeah – it can sneak up on you. It did on me. All of the warning signs were there, but, I didn’t know them.
I knew the path I was on was one of self-destruction, but, I didn’t know there were exit ramps along the way.
This is not a ‘what could have been’ post. This is a ‘let’s remind ourselves there’s always hope’ post.