Before You Commit Suicide Quitters, Read This!
Well “another one bites the dust” just may be the theme song for what’s happening around our country as of late with all of the suicides but I for one am completely disgusted by these quitters. What’s more I can’t believe these people who are killing their families first before taking their own lives. Ri-damn-diculous is what I like to say. If you want to take your own life that’s one thing but what are you King Tut that you need to take the family, servants and pets with you too? Before you commit suicide, quitters, read this! – Don’t Get Me Started!
Although some of the leading experts today tell us that we’re not in another “Great Depression” (I heard one analyst say, “It’s not like the Great Depression where stock brokers jumped out of windows!” Oh really?!?) I believe the current headlines (and self inflicted deaths) would indicate otherwise. Here’s the thing, after surviving my teenage years I decided that if I wasn’t going to be an angst ridden, teenage suicide statistic that I just needed to get on with things and try to live my life the best that I could.
I understand that some people have chemical imbalances but I’m not too sure that with the crap preservatives we put in our food and the many medications we’re all on every day (whether it be over the counter stuff or prescription) that our self-medicating ways aren’t contributing to those chemical imbalances in our systems causing the suicidal tendencies among other things. Maybe that’s it maybe as my grandmother used to put it, we’re just not in our “right mind.” I thank God that they didn’t have Ritalin when I was growing up because let me just tell you I was a major pain in the ass and if my parents could have used an excuse like ADD or some other sort of medical condition to “take the edge” off me, I’m sure they would have been crunching it up for me to snort so that it got into my system faster!
But there’s also a part of me that feels as though we’ve just gotten soft (more than just around our middles – and yes, I speak for myself here too) in this day and age when you can get hot, tasty popcorn delivered to you from the box on the wall in under three minutes, maybe just maybe we’ve allowed our need for ease and comfort to take over our lives so much that when things are a little tough we can’t cope. This would explain why the television show Survivor is probably still so popular, you have a bunch of couch jockeys lying there on their “kick out” barcaloungers in their BVDs eating their Big Macs saying, “Dude, I could totally do that…eat those bugs for food and live on an island.” When the fact is that if they could ever stop scratching their crotches long enough to actually get on the show they’d be trying to drown themselves within minutes of getting on the island.
Too many people seem “overwhelmed” by life. I get it, it’s not easy this whole life thing and no one gets out alive but come on kids, a little pulling yourself up by your boot straps seems to be in order here. And the one thing that I’ve learned is that if someone else is drowning either help them (if you’re qualified to do so) or get as far away from them as possible because they’re just going to bring you down with them. Start practicing by staying away from negative people in your life. You know the ones who have opinions about everyone and everything and basically just want to tear people down so that they feel better about themselves. Run do not walk away from these people. (And if you run quickly enough you’ll burn some calories too!)
I’m so sad that people want to take their own lives, honestly I am. There were two incidents recently at the same school where young boys (I think both were around eleven years old) who were bullied took their own lives. Is it wrong of me to feel worse for them than the greedy corrupt financial people who danced to the music but instead of paying the piper they decide to take their own life and/or the lives of their families? Look, as that famous philosopher, Baretta used to have sung about in his theme song, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time…yeah, yeah.” Not everything in life is easy and I’m a firm believer that the things most worth having in this life are the things that we work the hardest to obtain.
But there are still millions of people every day who are scammed with “get rich quick” schemes or feel the end justifies the means and are sorry they got caught but not sorry they stole. The old adages are all true, if it seems too good to be true, it IS too good to be true. But that won’t mean much to people who are thinking of taking the easy way out by killing themselves. No, I think they need some tough love. I think they need to think about the people who will have to clean up the mess they’ve made (both literally and figuratively) once they’ve killed themselves. There’s always some “next of kin” who ends up having to plan the funeral, pay for it, etc. and there’s always someone who has to try and get the blood stains out of the carpet. Maybe we’ve begun to rely too much on products that “scrub” our bathroom walls for us without us having to scrub. Maybe we’ve been teaching our kids that the people who work at McDonald’s will throw the trash away we leave on a dirty table when we should be teaching them how to clean up after themselves. Maybe we’ve created lazy kids who’ve grown into adulthood thinking other people (or products whether they be cleaning chemicals for walls or our minds) will clean up their messes for them and when no maid comes it’s simply too much for them.
I don’t know. I just know that I’ve seen a lot of people I’ve loved die in my lifetime. People who I’d give anything to have another day, hour or minute with who didn’t die by choice but from disease or senseless acts of others so when you feel that you can’t go on, know that you’re wrong. Know that you have a duty to yourself and the people who love you to get help and tough it out. No one likes a quitter and you’ll be pretty pissed off at yourself that you didn’t stick around for the nuclear holocaust that could be coming our way at any moment. Don’t you want to be here when we look to the sky and say, “Hey what’s that?” before the big flash of light kills us all in a mushroom cloud? Come on, you know you wanna. Before you commit suicide, quitters, read this! – Don’t Get Me Started!
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