Suicide. Still do this day the word jabs my heart-strings. Still to this day I have to take an extra breath and ponder how wonderfully amazing life is; and how glad I am to be experiencing it. I take moments to embrace its greatness and say a prayer for those who are no longer with us. While wishing they could feel the joy that life gives ; but knowing that they are in a better place and embraced by the Lords love. To those of you who have lost a loved one, my heart and love goes out to you. Still to this day I can’t get over the word-suicide. I kinda hate it; and maybe that’s why it is a discussion rarely brought up or talked about. This is something we need we change. Because it is something that we NEED to be talking about, educated on, and comfortable enough with that if or when someone does bring it up it is welcomed, embraced even! Because there is so much more to life and every one should be told that. I know that because I stayed, because I brought up the dreaded word, I got to fulfill one of my biggest dreams in my athletic career. I graduated with a degree, I made life long friends, and even better, I met my husband. We get to create a life time of memories and laughs and adventures. Because I stayed, because I brought up the topic that so many run from. If you, or anyone you know is struggling hear me out when I say that LIFE IS WORTH IT. There is light ahead. There is light even when you don’t feel its presence. There is always light. So Don’t you quit! Don’t you stop! Prove to yourself that you can do this! There is better times ahead that you and those around you will forever be grateful for. Keep on going! I remember how weird and vulnerable I felt when I reached out and called my friend. We were so young and nothing this serious had ever come up before. I can’t thank her enough for sitting there and staying calm as I said these horrible things. I remember when my dad let me scream and cry in the car as he picked me up from practice because I didn’t understand the things I was feeling or thinking. Not once did he let me stay in the dark. No matter how weird, awkward, or uncomfortable you feel about speaking out, DO IT. Life is worth the conversation, and it is worth getting help. That I promise! I promise that Heavenly Father knows your pain, he feels your sorrows and he is cheering you on today tomorrow and everyday. He will never give up on you so you cannot give up on yourself. He wants you feel the love that life gives, the warmth of the sun, the happiness of new beginnings. He wants you to know that it life more than worth it; you are more then worth it. SO STAY. The world is a better place because you are here.
If you are struggling with suicide there are many outlets for you to reach out to, by clicking on www.thelionheartsociety.com resource page you will find countless places to go to. You are worth it. If it is something that has impacted your life even in the slightest don’t be afraid to speak out. Be an advocate for someone else who needs your strength, your story, and all who you are. Say the word that no one whats to say.
“ I testify that bad days come to an end, that faith always triumphs, and that heavenly Fathers Promises are Always Kept”
“ Don’t give up, don’t you quit. You keep walking, You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead… you keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”
“ Christ knows better than all others that the trials of life can be very deep, & we are not shallow people if we struggle with them.”
– Elder Holland
Written By: JoJo Ossmen