No, Blocking A Toxic Person Isn't Immature, It Means You're Taking Control

No, Blocking A Toxic Person Isn't Immature, It Means You're Taking Control

You deserve all the love and happiness in the world and nobody can take that away from you.


Maybe it's a toxic ex who abused you mentally, physically or both.

Maybe it's a friend who makes you feel jealous for hanging out with other people, talks behind your back and writes off your feelings as if they're nothing.

Maybe it's a family member who doesn't treat you like family because they hate the things you do or don't accept you for who you truly are.

Whoever it is, they don't have a right to hit you, manipulative you, invalidate your feelings and treat you as if you are the scum of the Earth.

You are a human with a beating heart who cries real tears and has real feelings and emotions. If you don't like the way someone is treating you, or if you are tired of putting up with them and can't deal with it anymore, there is a solution: hit the block button.

If they are attacking you over social media, remove them as a friend and block them.

If they won't stop calling and leaving horrific voicemails or keep sending text messages that don't need to be sent, block them.

Toxic people hurt, manipulate and talk down to people they love because it makes them feel better about themselves. It makes them feel as if you are at fault, not them.

Blocking someone does not make you immature. It doesn't mean you "took the easy way out" and it certainly does not mean you are stubborn and don't want to listen to anyone.

It means that you are rebuilding your life. It means you are finally happy again and that you've surrounded yourself with people who love, cherish and appreciate you and your presence.

It means that you realized how awful they were and how much they were impacting your life. Blocking someone who is toxic means that you are taking control of your life again and that they don't have a say anymore.

You don't have to live your life for anyone except yourself. You don't have to change the way you act, dress or do things just because someone is harassing you about it.

You deserve all the love and happiness in the world and nobody can take that away from you.

So, go ahead, hit the block button. Let them know that you won't take their shit anymore.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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