You Can Always Be Heard Because Someone Will Always Be Listening
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

You Can Always Be Heard Because Someone Will Always Be Listening

4030
You Can Always Be Heard Because Someone Will Always Be Listening
https://az616578.vo.msecnd.net/files/2017/11/09/636457879591091235-519135808_8537_5451522a51c614.23615834-big.jpg

Lord knows this life is precious. We are simply given just one to mold into our own. Along the way, we will meet humans who will bring out the best in us, encounter experiences that mold our character, and dive head first into moments and instances that become our most cherished memories. When one decides that it's time to earn their wings, taking measures to end this precious gift he or she is granted, our minds and hearts are flooded with grief and ambiguity. When that human being is someone you know, a friend, a human being that filled your life so much joy, there is simply a whole new level of heartbreak achieved. More importantly, you wish they knew that they were heard, that life in the clouds did not have to come so soon.

I could sit here and try and explain the emotion that comes with a loss as severe as losing a friend to suicide, but I do not think words can encompass how individual grief can be for those who are affected by the experience. There is truly no way for me to accurately express how much life was sucked out of me when I received the FaceTime call that a friend of mine had taken his own. For me, tears did not come right away, but when they did, they were as strong as a hurricane. They came in absolute waves. For others, maybe those tears weren't ready to surface. Perhaps they never would. Regardless of the physical, outward display of sadness, we were all feeling it. We all wished we knew how to dive deeper into this ambiguity, wishing with all of our might that we saw a sign or could have been there to help.

You see, that's the tricky thing about mental health. The signs are not always apparent. That is why it should never be a topic of conversation we shy away from. No human being should ever feel like they cannot be heard because there is always someone willing to listen. No emotion should ever feel invalidated because we are each entitled to feel how we feel when we feel it. No other human being can tell you that you do not feel that emotion that is trickling through your veins, pumping through your heart, or churning in your stomach. No human being should feel like their concerns are small, that their worries are minuscule, or that they are not worthy of listening ears. In these moments, seek guidance, find comfort in a warm embrace, and know there is always someone who will set aside time and hear you out.

Life is a journey, and the road we travel down will not always deal us the friendliest cards. When our roads get bumpy, when fog clouds our minds, when we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, please trust me when I say that it will come. Please understand that you do not have to face adversity by yourself. Please know that love and support can always surround you. And while there are always listening ears to empathize with one's struggle, there is always a voice inside of you with the power to speak out about the difficulties you face. That voice has the ability to scream from the rooftops; do not let outside factors silence it. That voice is adorned with strength and love, bravery and courage, a voice that will take one big step towards self-care. It is a voice that I will always listen to with an open heart and open mind to ensure you are safe, loved, and appreciated.

My heart feels deeply and empathy runs strong through me. While I have felt my own heartache these past weeks, I feel for of all who knew our newest guardian angel - his family, his friends, absolutely anybody. As we sift through the amalgamation of thoughts that ping-pong around in our minds, here is a reminder that we are coping, we are grieving, and that process cannot be taken away from you. But there is this overarching family, one beyond blood, that has been present with hugs, reassuring words, and phone calls to guide in the ultimate processing of a situation as heavy as this one.

So to our new guardian angel, we wish you would not have left so soon. But in the meantime, we are blessed to have you by our sides always. There will always be tough days. There will always be days that I feel you should have been a part of. There will be days of disbelief and anger, sadness and frustration. There will be days of laughter and jokes and retelling of old stories, seemingly because that's what you always seemed to be a part of. There will be many beers toasted up to the sky in your honor, perhaps even a few more shotgunned because you would have made us anyways. There will be days where I wish I could have given you that hug you were waiting for. Days that I will fight tooth and nail to understand the root of all of this.

Maybe I'll never fully understand why lives have to be lost so soon, but here I am relaying the message to anyone who reaches the end of this page: you are loved, you are supported, and you are validated. You are never alone. Find the good in every situation. Seek help when needed. Find that light at the end of the tunnel. Someone, I promise you, is always willing to listen. I will always be listening.

Rest in peace, Bres. We love ya.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Six Lies Fed to Your Mind, By Your Mind.

These thoughts will drive you mad.

2099
pexels

Life is hard, and is even harder with a mental illness. Even if you aren't clinically diagnosed with depression or anxiety, in the hardest times of your life you can probably associate with several of these thoughts. Fear not, everyone else is thinking them too. Maybe we just need a big, loving, group therapy session (or six).

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

A Letter To My Heartbroken Self

It will be okay, eventually.

4483
A Letter To My Heartbroken Self
Pexels

Breakups are hard. There's nothing comparable to the pain of losing someone you thought would be in your life forever. Someone who said all the right things at the right times. Someone who would give you the reassurance you needed, whenever you needed it. And then one day, it just... stops. Something changes. Something makes you feel like you're suddenly not good enough for him, or anyone for that matter.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America

For the first time since 1994 the United States will host a world cup (for men's soccer)

6416
2026: the year the Fifa World Cup Returns to North America
Skylar Meyers

The FIFA World Cup is coming to North American in 2026!

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

An Open Letter to Winter

Before we know it April will arrive.

7793

Dear Winter,

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Cleaning Up Your Room

This holiday break is the perfect time to get away from the materialistic frenzy of the world and turn your room into a decluttered sanctuary.

6792
Pixar

Cleaning isn’t just for spring. In fact, I find school’s holiday break to be a very effective time for decluttering. You’re already being bombarded by the materialistically-infatuated frenzy of society’s version of Christmas, Hanukah, etc. It’s nice to get out of the claustrophobic avarice of the world and come home to a clean, fresh, and tidy room. While stacking up old books, CDs, and shoes may seem like no big deal, it can become a dangerous habit. The longer you hang onto something, whether it be for sentimental value or simply routine, it becomes much harder to let go of. Starting the process of decluttering can be the hardest part. To make it a little easier, get out three boxes and label them Donate, Storage, and Trash. I'm in the middle of the process right now, and while it is quite time consuming, it is also so relieving and calming to see how much you don't have to deal with anymore. Use these six questions below to help decide where an item gets sorted or if it obtains the value to stay out in your precious sanctuary from the world.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments