You don’t need me to tell you that suicide is not the answer.
You don’t need me to sugar coat this story either with promises of
a better tomorrow and a light at the end of the tunnel.
Since the moment you admitted your depression to the world everybody
has been telling you that it will be okay.
Every last stranger and friend has told you to keep your head up.
I could easily hold your hand and walk with you in this dark
if that’s what you need.
My arms will create a barrier between you and the negative thoughts
if you need someone to protect you from yourself.
I am not here to tell you that everything is going to be fine.
I am not here to tell you to keep your head up.
I am here to tell you that you are not alone
I am here to scream at you because you stopped listening to your own voice
months ago when the alcohol stopped numbing the pain
and no matter how loud you cranked the music
the voices in your head would not shut up.
I am here to yank you up off your feet and
out of the shadows.
I am here to run with you until our legs give out and we fall
and find that the ground
is a perfect place to start building again.
I could easily tell you that suicide is not the answer.
I could say the words as easily as anyone else because they are true.
But we both know you won’t listen to me.
You’ve forgotten how to really listen and that’s okay.
I don’t want to tell you words you aren’t going to remember.
I am here to show you
that this life is worth living.
I am here to show you all of the things that you forgot.
So let’s call out of work.
Let’s go on that trip you always wanted to take and if we don’t have the money
let’s just drive until we get lost and when we get lost
let’s park and stare up at the sky
talking of nothing
and just cry because sometimes
crying is the only answer
there doesn’t have to be an answer
or a reason
or a promise of a better tomorrow.
Sometimes there just has to be a tomorrow.
And another tomorrow. And another.
I am not here to make empty promises you won’t believe.
I am here to show you all of the possibilities
all of the happiness and light your life could hold
if you make it to another day and then another week
and then another month and eventually
Tomorrow might be horrible.
Or it might be the best day of your life.
I have been where you are right now
but I am not here to tell you my story.
I am here to tell you that yours is not over.
Don’t let it be over
this is not how your story ends.