Ten Good Reasons Not To Commit Suicide
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!