(Cont’d from Survivors of Cruelty Pt. 3)
You are alive for a reason, even though that reason might seem elusive at this point. You might find it tough to figure out for a while, but keep in mind, it can take some time before you do. That doesn’t mean your purpose doesn’t exist. I didn’t come close to finding my purpose until long after college. We are all on a journey of self-discovery and no matter how high and mighty one person may present themselves, no one’s journey is more important than another (nor is there a rule that says we all have to take the same road). It is our combined experiences that shape the world and our future. No one person can do that on their own.
Hope always exists, even though we don’t always see it in the midst of our struggle. There’s at least one life that can be positively affected by yours, even though you may not have met him or her. Once in a while, I look back and think what if I had succeeded in my suicide attempt? I would have cheated myself out of experiencing so many wonderful things: falling in love, getting married, seeing many of nature’s wonders, discovering talents I never thought possible, achieving professional milestones, meeting some of my heroes (some of whom have been catalysts in my ongoing development), helping others in their struggles… The list goes on and on.
All of those things greatly outshine the darkness I endured back when I was at my lowest point, emotionally. I know it sounds trite, but life really does get better. Even as you read this, no matter your situation or how you feel, you are already a survivor! And you possess the strength to remain one! The key is to believe in yourself and give yourself a chance, even if it seems like others are too stubborn to do so. Surround yourself with positive things and people whenever you can. If for some reason you find yourself in solitude, don’t worry; use the time and space to learn a new skill, take up a hobby and occupy your time by building yourself with activities that make you happy. In doing so, you’ll channel what would have been festering negative energy into a positive force that benefits you.
If for whatever reason you feel like you can’t go on, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
I sincerely hope this series of posts have been useful. You’re welcome to share this with anyone you think might need a little boost in morale.