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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