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Ten Good Reasons Not To Commit Suicide

Updated on February 2, 2014

1. It's not your time yet. If it were, forces beyond your control would've already taken you to the Great Beyond.

2. Your family would be devastated. Trust me on this, suicide does damage you cannot begin to comprehend. Your earthly pain will be over (more on this later), but theirs will last forever.

3. You're too young to give up, too old to give in, and just the right age to decide to be happy.

4. You still haven't done everything you've always wanted to do. Give yourself a chance to live - truly live - before you decide to die.

5. You haven't yet explored all your options for healing. In fact, I bet you haven't told a single person EXACTLY how you feel and how close you are to the edge. We all hold back because we're afraid of the consequences of admitting to the full depths of our depression, but it's only through complete honesty that we can begin to let go, recuperate, and heal.

6. No matter how many bad things have happened in your life, there have also been many good things. Focus on the good stuff, not the bad.

7. Ever notice how easy it is to dismiss a bad dream once you wake up? Treat bad experiences the same. A bad memory is a bad memory whether it stems from the real world or the realm of dreams - after all, your mind can't tell the difference while you're asleep - so there's no reason to hang on to one past more than another. Let go, take a deep breath, and forge ahead knowing that the worst is over.

8. Suicide is painful and messy. Before you decide to take your own life, consider who will find you, and what seeing you like that will do to that person's mind, body, and spirit. I'm not just talking about family here. When you die, regardless of how carefully you choose where to commit suicide, SOMEONE will find you (even if it's a maid at a hotel or a forest ranger in the middle of nowhere), SOMEONE will have to take your body away, and SOMEONE will have to identify your body so you can be buried. Would you want to be that person?

9. There's a beautiful spot somewhere on this planet with your name written all over it. Maybe its the Great Pyramid at Giza. Maybe it's a sun-drenched beach in the Caribbean. Maybe it's a museum or a house or a mountain. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that you haven't been there yet. You owe it to yourself to see the beauty of the world and find your true home before you punch your own ticket.

10. Death won't relieve you of the responsibility of living and learning. When you get to wherever you're going - I like to think of it as heaven or the spirit realm - you're going to have to review your life and articulate what you've learned. If you chose to check out and have your continental breakfast without attending the full lecture, guess what? Back of the line, Pumpkin!

If you're thinking about suicide, please consider contacting one of the resources listed here. You do not need to suffer in silence, and there are people who want to help you. You are loved, even if you can't see it right now. No matter how lonely you feel, you are not alone!


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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 18 months ago from Philippines

      What makes this hub so beautiful is that it is directed at the person who is considering suicide, in this way showing how they matter. I also love the last point which includes a link where a person can get help. Wonderful, sensitive, and thoughtful article. Thank you!

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      Michaela 2 years ago from USA

      The problem here is that a person who is suicidal is not thinking rationally and can't see or even accept any of the things you are saying here - to them, either the world is better off without them or they are better of without the world - I know how insidious and pervasive this thought pattern is because I've been there myself. All of these things cease to matter - we stop caring what else is out there, all hobbies become meaningless, we believe the people in our lives are better off without us and no, we can't just pull ourselves out of this funk. The only real way to prevent a suicidal person from committing the act is being able to recognize when they're in that bad place and do something for them.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Life is a gift. Thx for an important input to life!

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      NathaNater 3 years ago

      Very good. I'm sure many people considering doing it will stop and think seriously about it after reading your wise and intelligent words.

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      CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I think that it also helps to look back a few years and see that things do change and problems go away - I bet that what most of us are worrying about today we won't even hardly remember in five years time

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      Eugene Brennan 5 years ago from Ireland

      This is a wonderful hub and hopefully someone who is contemplating suicide may read it and force them to change their minds. So many young people, often men, commit suicide because of breakups, feeling worthless or whatever. If only they could put things into perspective and realize that however bad things seem, things will get better and problems which seem major, become relatively minor as you get older.

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      hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      As my mother used to say "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." Very good hub!

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      I love this hub. It's so positive and uplifting. Hope it helps people considering taking their life. When I was at my lowest point, I'd always imagine what my mother would be like after I'm gone. It used to snap me out of it. Besides, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

      Rated up, useful, interesting,awesome and shared.

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      Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

      Such an important hub. Many good reasons not to kill yourself. As someone touched by suicide, you're reasons to live are spot on. Thank you for such a wonderful hub.

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      hopeandhealing 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you for sharing this information. You are correct in that someone does have to find the body. I found my husband after he died by suicide. It was horrific and I live every day with that memory. The best thing to do is find help. Taking one's own life is never the answer.