Suicide Isn’t A Joke–Words Have Consequences
With the creation of the Netflix original show “13 Reasons Why”, I have started to think deeper about how seemingly meaningless words truly impact someone.
We’re so quick to judge somebody based on their hair, their clothes, their financial situation etc. We think we understand everyone’s situation perfectly. Well, that girl doesn’t dress nicely, so she must be weird. Or that boy dyed his hair so he must be a rebel.
We think that we are the ultimate end all, be all of knowledge. We think we know everything about somebody just by looking at them or listening to the words others say about them.
Newsflash: we don’t.
In fact, we really don’t know anything about anybody except ourselves. Sure, we know information about our friends, but we don’t know everything about our friends’ lives. We don’t know every single in and out of their choices that have led them to their current situation.
How many times have you been 100 percent honest with someone about what you’re going through? How many times have you told someone every relevant detail in your life that would help them understand your situation?
I’m willing to guess that has never happened…and probably never will.
We suppress our feelings inside of us until they boil over, and we can’t handle them any longer.
We’re ashamed to ask for help because we don’t want to look weak.
We’re lost, we’re lonely and we have no clear direction anymore.
We’re moving from day to day to day activities with little to no enthusiasm, and we have become more like a walking zombie than an actual person.
We replay those same five words over and over in our head, and soon those five words turn into 20 words.
We take someone’s words to heart when they don’t know us or our situation. Somehow someone else’s words have become more important than our own. Somehow someone who doesn’t know our situation has gained power over us.
Words have power, and words have meaning.
Think about this for a second: our misconstrued ideas of what is happening in someone’s life are taken so seriously that it drives them to commit suicide. It drives them to take their own life.
Think before you speak–you don’t know someone else’s life, and quite frankly, you never will.