To a friend

A family friend took their own life yesterday, and I am only now beginning to process it. My mom messaged me with the details.

Depression is a lot like drowning: it’s hard to think about anything other than release. As the darkness chokes in on you, you can’t see anything else. Family, friends, and aspirations seem to dim and fade away. That’s why people call it darkness, I think.

I don’t blame the victims or their loved ones whenever these things happen. No one should. I wish I could have talked with them one last time on Facebook (they helped me through a couple bad times), but I’m glad I got to know them. I’m glad I could feel the warmth they brought into every room they entered. I love them very much, and I will not forget what they have done for me. I will pay it forward.

Thanks for everything,

Jake

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Jake

Marketing Strategist at The University of Alabama.

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