MLK Day ’15 Marks Seven Years Since This Author’s Last Suicide Attempt. Here’s How He Overcame the Struggle.

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He starved the beast in order to live.

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B.O.L.D member Richard Taylor, considered the voice of Chicago, is an activist, best-selling author and motivational speaker. Mr. Taylor's newest book, entitled "Between the Dream,"  is available for purchase HERE.

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By Richard Taylor

               

1.19.15: Global – (Lifestyle):  Today, in addition to celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I’m publicly honoring and celebrating my life, for this date marks seven years since my final suicide attempt.

I remember sitting in the hospital after taking a foot-long blade to my wrist and wondering what direction my life was headed. My doctor informed me that the blade cut into a vein in my wrist, but no blood would come out.

He then asserted that its “obvious” I have a purpose in life, and that it’s time for me to figure it out. Confused yet intrigued by his observation, I pondered: Could he be correct? Do I have a purpose on this planet/

I’m almost started believing in myself in that moment but then doubt quickly snuck into my mind and set up shop. I couldn’t help but to think about my depression, insecurity and low self esteem. And on top of all that, the elephant in the room was whether or not I would attempt to end my life again.

 

 

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As human-beings, we all have things we struggle with, and sometimes our mind isn’t strong enough to keep it out of our thoughts. Some individuals have a mind so strong it can block out all negative thoughts. Others aren’t so blessed, and for this population I recommend starving the beast.

When I use the word beast, I’m not referring to a mythical character that appears when the sky wears a full moon.  In this context, I’m talking about every distraction, temptation, doubt or person that’s standing in the way of a better you.

We have the power to overcome any and everything that we desire. The human will to succeed runs deep in us, but we must have a healthy passion for ourselves. I encourage you to use whatever tools and networks at your disposal to search out and find that never-ending love for yourself; it’s the only thing strong enough to kill the beast that’s been haunting you.

The battle between good & evil will ultimately be won by whichever we choose to feed the most.

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About Richard Taylor

 

B.O.L.D member Richard Taylor, considered the voice of Chicago, is an activist, best-selling author and motivational speaker. Mr. Taylor's newest book, entitled "Between the Dream,"  is available for purchase HERE.

B.O.L.D member Richard Taylor, considered the voice of Chicago, is an activist, best-selling author and motivational speaker. Mr. Taylor’s newest book, entitled “Between the Dream,” is available for purchase HERE.

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