Glorify the struggle to remedy it with compassion.
I read some disturbing and misinformed things on the Internet about Chester Bennington’s suicide, well about suicide in general. There are many accusations of selfishness and cowardice towards those who take their own life. I do not believe these things to be true. Suicidal thoughts are a break down of all things, a push and pull battle within your head and your heart. Many people who are suicidal truly believe that those around them will be better off without them and there are others who are so far down the rabbit hole of depression that they cannot think straight. My hope is that instead of pointing fingers and escalating this negative stigma of mental illness, we actually lift up our voices, our hearts and our hands in prayer. Be vocal about the change you wish to see in the world, but with kindness. Share hope with those who feel like they have none. Take extra steps to show compassion for others because you never know who can really use it. Remember there are those who suffer in silence so you never know who is fighting hard against their own demons.
Some asked us to not glorify death. Instead I say we should glorify the cause of death to inform others of how people truly struggle so it is no longer a stigma. Bring to light the silent struggles of so many so they no longer feel ashamed of what tears them up inside.
For those reading this who are pressured by their own head and mislead by their heart… My tears are for the truly broken because I hurt along with you. You are not alone.
The Darkness is a Lie
By Kat Lange
Don’t fall down that rabbit hole my friend
Don’t chase those demons into the night
The hurt, the pain is not the end
The hurt, the gloom are not right
You are always beautiful, you are unique
And together, your demons we can defeat
So lift up your eyes and hold onto hope
Let the seeds of faith grow roots in your heart
Your life is a field of flowers just waiting to bloom
Your heart is beating in your body holding back the gloom
Open your eyes and realize your struggle is not your own
Open your eyes and realize you are not alone
Don’t shift the story of your life
To end it with a period
You are a forever-changing masterpiece
The work is not completed
Your pain is not your own to bare
A community of love is here for you
You have a story waiting to be shared
A story weaved with pieces of hurt and truth
A story that others can benefit from
A life worth living a life that is not done
Don’t type THE END to your story for it is not real
Your heart has so much left to feel
So hold onto hope, faith and love and when you’re in the dark
Remember you have a real, meaningful, beating, loving and thriving heart
Dedicated to those who are struggling in the darkness of depression. Share your story and thrive.