Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope everyone is well and enjoying their time with their families.
This day, November 22, has also another meaning to me as well. 18 years ago, someone close to me ended his life. Although all the things I remember of him are from pictures and what others have told me, his memory still lives on…within me and anyone else who knew him. Depression has a way of creeping up on you and leave you feeling empty/hopeless/helpless/worthless/guilty and other feelings that could lead to ending your own life. It is a very serious illness that is easily missed and misdiagnosed. If you know someone that is having a difficult time, please…please reach out to them. A listening ear could go a long way. Once they’re gone…they’re gone. About a year ago, I had an unexpected chance meeting with someone that knew him from highschool. I heard more stories and more of what he was like and there was some comfort in that. But that’s all they will be—stories, and that’s as close as I will have ever been to him. That person that knew my brother- is now married and has children. I can only imagine what my brother’s life would have been if he were still alive. He may even have had the opportunity to start his own family as well. If you are struggling with this, please don’t ever think that no one cares about you, or that no one is there for you. Because someone always is- whether you know it or not- whether you want to realize it or not. It’s been 18 years and I still think about him this time of year. I don’t say this lightly when I say I am here for ANYONE that is in struggle. I’m not good at giving advice, but the least I can do is listen and pray. My number is (267) 210 -0101 and my email is email@example.com. If you cannot reach out to me, then please, anyone that you trust….
Let your trust be not in yourself but in our Lord – who is our protector, our shield, our Father. Sharing the love, mercy, and care that God has showed us to others might not seem much in our eyes, but it could be saving another person’s life.
Rest in peace my brother, Woo Seok Soe. Your time on earth may have been filled with pain and sorrow, but I pray and hope that God has shown you the goodness of His love, and that you were received with a joyous reception in the presence of the Lord. You are greatly missed.
Please research and find out more about depression here and other reliable information websites: http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-symptoms-and-types