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Last week I shared the messages above on facebook and the PostSecret community responded beautifully!

I challenged community members to, “share something you would have never experienced if you had completed suicide”. There were hundreds of posts that you can read here. I have included a handful below.

Today my son received a beam initiative scholarship and a bassoon lesson with Lecolion Washington (LW plays the basson in The Lion King). I am so glad I decided to walk through the tunnel. There is a light at the end and it’s beautiful.

• If I had killed myself almost 4 years ago, I would have never accepted myself as LGBT; I wouldn’t be as close with my parents; and I would have devastated my dog who adores me. Without me he would have probably been passed from owner to owner, not living the life of adventure I’ve given him.

I wouldn’t have experienced finding the right mix of medication to help me understand how my life should be!

• The love of this good hearted man. Not too mention so many other things, like my current job where I get to help others.

• Camping with my sister and our kids. Waking up at 6am and watching the sun rise over the mist on the lake.  I would have missed this and so much more.

• I would’ve missed the chance to be with someone who sends me messages like this.

• I never would have been able to help my sister get the help she needed if I gave up 2 years ago. My life isn’t perfect, but I am so thankful for how far I’ve come.

• I mean, come on, we’ve all got to vote in 2020! And I agree, there’s always something good to look forward to… even if you don’t know what it is, yet!

• I would’ve been gone before she arrived. Shes worth staying for.

• Becoming a midwife and being the one to witness and welcome hundreds of new lives into the world.

• In May of 2009 after my second combat tour I was found hanging from a tree branch. This photo was a month ago. Not a day goes by that I’m not happy, I know what could have been. Nothing, and I repeat nothing, is worth not being there for. I cherish every moment now because I know I chose to forfeit everyone of these and that I don’t deserve them. But I get them, and I will love every one of them.

• I never would have gotten into medical school and had the honor of putting on this white coat and helping others. I never attempted but thought about it every day for a very long time. Took me until well into my adulthood to realize that there are downs, and then eventually ups again and if you check out early, you never get to see what your ups may have been.

• I’ve still got too many people to piss off yet.

• This guy. Oh! And my husband.

the northern lights

Getting to ride again.

 

  

• Goodness . . . I’m sitting at the table trying not to sob as I read this, because I don’t want to have to explain it to the family . . . At 16 I contemplated it. The only thing that stopped me was I didn’t want my Mom to find me. If I would have went through with it, I wouldn’t have met the group of friends who got me started in allowing myself to show the goofy side only when I was with them, then at 30+ I wouldn’t have met the amazing people on f.b. who allowed me to be the silly, goofy, weird me, that most people in real life look at me funny when they see it because I’m always so serious. Thanks #PostSecret for making me emotional, but also challenging me to think of what I would have missed out on.

• Just because you haven’t found your reason to live yet, it doesn’t mean you never will.

• I wish Kevin had been here for this “good shit”. He took his life 4 days before this was taken.


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