It is worth it.

There’s a problem plaguing our society. I have chosen each one of these words specifically. It is a problem because it’s something that’s not okay, it’s plaguing because it’s seriously becoming more and more common, and our society because it is not just subject to one part of human culture but human culture in an entirety. We can look at certain parts of statistics and data and say that the problem is lying in this age and this gender and it’s because of this and if we fix this then we will fix the problem and it will go away. Maybe you’re wondering why I have yet to inform you of this problem, why you ask? As soon as you read this one word that is becoming more and more common you will look away, you will divert your attention elsewhere because not reading about it means you don’t have to think about it. So what’s the problem? It’s suicide, we live in a society yes a society as a whole all ages, all cultures, all races, where self worth is so low that one turns to the ending of their life as a way to cope with the pain. Why have we allowed ourselves to create a place that we live in where one could feel so low that the only way out would seem to be leaving forever? Why don’t we talk about what hurts us, why don’t we look for help when we need it, why don’t we let others know it’s okay to not be okay? We have created a living environment so uncomfortable that one would rather leave than reach out for a helping hand. You see we avoid this topic because it is depressing, it makes us feel uncomfortable, we don’t know what to say, or how to cope. We must be conscious when educating and bringing attention to such a problem as it is feared a “ripple effect” can occur from the evoking of such emotions. So how do we fix the problem? How do we put a stop to the low self esteem that lies in oneself. How do we provide the comfort and the value to one that feels so lost? It’s easy, we start a chain reaction. Problems don’t get fixed by ignoring them, problems get fixed by addressing them. If you never fix a flat tire it will never become full again, if you never fix someone’s sense of self worth it will never become more valuable. What must be known in society today is that there is a way, there is a way, there is a way. Ending your life will never be the answer and I can guarantee you that. It takes one to stand up to encourage another to stand up. Self worth must be known you are loved, you have a purpose, and you are worth more than you will know. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help, do not be ashamed, you are not the only one struggling, we as a society are hurting but we as a society can get better. Self worth can thrive, we can feel loved and valued but it takes the commitment. Why give up now when the sun will always rise tomorrow, wake up tomorrow for the sunrise and the next tomorrow and the next, it is worth it.

2 comments

  1. Yes yes yes, Merideth. Thank you for speaking out. One of the reasons, and you touched on this, people don’t speak out is because our society attaches so much stigma to mental illness, depression, and the like. Those suffering in such a way that they might consider harm or are often afraid of what people will say or think . As you know from experience, most “silent” illnesses are this way. If others can’t see the symptoms in some tangible way, they do not think it is “real.” With mental and emotional issues, those suffering are often told to “get over it” or “try harder” or “get out more” etc. Society needs to change. You are already helping with that!!! You are speaking out. I will speak out too. By our speaking out, we give others the courage to speak out. You are going to accomplish huge things, Girl! You already have. I can’t wait to be here to see the impact of the differences you are going to make in the world.

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