Make It Stop

Hey friends. It’s dark, rainy, cold and dreary out. And I’m just not in great spirits. Not to be a downer, but yeah—that’s just where I’m at. I just read two families stories of their children’s suicides. Two different families; one with a seven year old little girl who took her own life, and another 14 year old boy. Oh, and another one that hit a little too close to home.

Guys, I have all the emotions right now. I’m sad, angry, frustrated, crying my eyes out, and then getting upset. All the feels. All the emotions. And I’m exhausted. All I wish for is for people to know they matter. That they are loved. (sidenote: I know this post isn’t going to have proper grammar and right now, I don’t even care.) Call me cheesy if you want, but I wish I could hug everyone and tell them they matter and that they have a purpose in this life. That the world is better WITH YOU IN IT. WE NEED YOU. We need your talent, your knowledge, your skills, your heart, soul, mind, laughter, hugs, and shoulders when we need to cry. WE NEED YOU.

This world is so dark sometimes and it’s so easy to get swept up in it. But, there is still beauty in it, if you look around. Look at nature. The stars at night. Wildlife. Mountains, hills, oceans, lakes, rivers. Of all those things, the most beautiful in this world is YOU. Don’t believe me? That’s fine, but I will make it my mission to keep telling you until you do believe it. OR, you can borrow my eyes and see yourself the way I see you.

I don’t know, guys. Somedays I’m super hopeful, and I see a ray of light at the end of the tunnel that something amazing will be done in regards to suicide and bullying…but then I hear news like today’s and my heart just breaks. It is not okay to treat others this way. It is not okay to use harsh words to anyone—ANYONE, including yourself. You have no idea what the other person is going through, or has gone through, and just because it might be easy for you to brush off words, it might not be easy for others. Stop and think about that for a minute. You have the power to save someone’s life, and words can drive them to the brink. (Proverbs 15:1)

Why is it so easy for us to be angry? Why does anger seem to take off like wildfire, but we have to push and push so hard just for kindness? WHY???? And yes, I get the irony that I say that as I am angrily typing. But you guys, it shouldn’t be this hard to be kind. Check yourself. Check your heart, because that’s where everything flows from. Is your heart angry? If so, why? What’s the root of it? I can guarantee it’s not because of the person you’re hurling harsh words to. And if it is, then talk to them without harsh words.

YOU MATTER. YOU MATTER. YOU MATTER. YOU MATTER. Please, for the world’s sake believe that. That’s really all I want. Never for a second think that you don’t have a purpose in this world. YOU DO. WE ALL DO. If you don’t have anyone to talk to, talk to me. Message me.

I don’t care if all you do is vent and complain. I can be your ear and outlet. I can lift you up. Because you know what? Today, I need someone to lift ME up. And I’m not afraid to admit that anymore. Let’s build a community. Let’s be here for each other. That’s the way to healing.

Your life is precious and a blessing. Don’t let anyone else take it away from you. You have too much to live for. YOU MATTER.

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