I know this very specifically. Not just because he was my brother, but because he was 2 years, 11 months and 13 days younger than me :)
|My favorite picture of me & my bro - Back in the day :)|
Yeah, I know... he looks thrilled :)
It matters, because I've kept on aging.
It matters, because I'm still here and he's not.
It matters, because his birthday - today, September 9th, is the day BEFORE World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.
It matters, because suicide is what took my brother from me.
It matters, because even though he and I weren't speaking at the time of his death - I will never, ever, ever have another opportunity to try to talk sense into his thick skull. I will never have another argument with him. We will never cave in and forgive each other - then laugh like idiots and hug it out.
It matters, because the relationship we once had is gone forever.
It matters, because my girls will never remember their Uncle Eric.
It matters because my son's Godfather didn't get to see him graduate boot camp or continue in the Navy, or whatever the next important mark in his life will be.
It may not seem like it should matter to you, but it all matters. It should matter.
To me it matters most of all, because HE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO!
It matters, because he suffered in silence.
It matters, because my brother - and every other person suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts - just wanted the pain to stop.
His pain stopped.
S.A.V.E. Suicide & Depression Voices of Education: http://www.save.org
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