I planned to post something else today but I had errands to run first and didn’t want to rush a post. While on the way to the bank, mailbox and grocery store I turned on the radio. I have a few preset stations in the car and often flip through when I’m at a light to catch news or a weather report or find a good song.
I happened on a talk show host talking about what his family went through last week. His brother in law committed suicide. I stuck to that for the rest of my ride.
Suicide is particularly devastating to me. So much possibility lost. So many devastated people left in the wake. Ripples that spread not just today but into the future.
The current situation we are living in breeds depression and magnifies sadness and loneliness. As social animals we shouldn’t be staying apart. It goes against everything that is to be human. We are our brother’s keeper and if we aren’t reaching out to others how do we know they are struggling. Children specifically have a difficult time. They have lost the most and live more in the moment.
We need to reach out to others. We need to have difficult conversations about feelings and figure out what we can do to help those that are struggling. We have to be willing to reach out when we need help. We need to do better.