Today I want to honor the amazing men and women who give their lives in sacrifice for our freedom. We all often take for granted that which we have and forget who have given their lives either in sacrifice of servicing or giving the ultimate sacrifice…Their lives for us. They give their lives the moment they take that oath and we all take it for granted. I would have been honored to have served along side these amazing people, but unfortunately was never able to do so. I am thankful everyday for the life I have and a high percentage of that is because of these men and women who chose to serve this great nation. Thank you all for all that you sacrifice everyday. I know that even those who survived still live with the memories they will never be able to erase from their minds. The experiences they have been through most of us can never imagine. So for at least today, be sure you are reaching out to those you come in contact with that have given the ultimate sacrifice and say a great big THANK YOU. We can never repay you for all you have given us.
We just can’t please everyone! Ultimately the only person you should be pleasing is yourself. If by pleasing yourself you don’t happen to please others around you in return then that isn’t all your responsibility. If you are being a good person and treating others with respect and are pleasing yourself in the process then it isn’t your job to make everyone else happy. You are and always will have yourself so be sure you are taking care of you. In the end if you please yourself you will attract people with the same goals and desires. You will attract people who want to treat you as you treat yourself and in return how you treat them.
Who is your support system? When you need to talk, vent, cry, get advice, etc. Who do you reach out to? We all need someone to turn to at times. Make sure those you have in you support system truly have your best interests in mind. We often have people in our lives that until the time comes that we truly need them they tell us they will be there for us while taking from us everyday. Then the day comes when we need that support returned and they are nowhere to be found. Be sure you are surrounding yourself with those who will give support as much as they take it. Be certain you are able to trust that they have your best interest in mind and that you have theirs as well. Having a solid support system is crucial in feeling secure and confident in yourself.
What is it depression? A feeling of loneliness? A feeling of there being no hope and not being able to change what has been done? It is a feeling no one wants but just about everyone has experienced at some level in their life. Some of us have been able to get through it, some of us have not. For a certain percentage of people, it was too much to handle and they cut there life short. For others they are still fighting it. It’s a long battle and some start to feel it’s a war they are losing but they are keeping their head up and thinking positive.
Then there are the strong ones who were able to see the good things in life and pull themselves out of it and move on. They put a smile on their face and said it is staying there no matter what happens. We can all hope we are these lucky ones that can pull themselves out of it. Some things are just too difficult to pull yourself out of for some. Death of someone held close to the heart or the loss of a loved one due to break up or divorce can be things that are just too much to pull yourself out of. Bullying and shame will cause people to do things out of desperation as well.
The key to pulling yourself out is knowing no matter what situation you are in, you have support groups. Some lean towards music, others lean towards their friends. Then there are those that have lost all friend or family support and can’t find happiness in music so what do they lean toward? Counseling or psychiatry is always a good choice. Your counselor and/or psychiatrist should know somewhere that can get you help or they personally may know how to help. The key is do not give up; suicide is never the option. No matter what you may think, your death will affect someone. There is always someone, somewhere that cares about you, whether it is a friend, family, or someone you would never have thought of. DEATH IS NEVER AN OPTION TO FIX DEPRESSION.
Remember your life matters and if you are having suicidal thoughts or know someone who is call your local Suicide Prevention Hotline. There is always someone out there that wants to listen.
No one has the right to take your future. Your future is yours to make of it as you choose. No one has the right to take that from you. If you have been a victim of someone else’s evil, it’s time to take control of your future now. Yes it hurts. Yes you can’t just forget about it. No they had no right to do what they did to you and they need to not be allowed to be continued to have that power over you. I know it hurts. I know you may even blame yourself in parts. The only blame you need to put on yourself is if you allow the actions of another to permanently break your spirit. That person took from you but heal and then grow from it. Speak out and speak out loud.