ON A SUICIDE MISSION? PAUSE AND READ THIS


featured_slide2It is fair to say that she has made a few terrible mistakes in her 21 years on planet Earth. To her, life has opened up wounds so painful that no surgeon can stitch, caused cracks so big that no mason can fill and conjured a crime so dire that no lawyer can defend. It seems that the only way out is to go back in time to the period she did not exist. A time before The Big Bang; the beginning where there was only the Word. In her email she wrote that she has run out of luck in the current world, and would rather start over in the destination where no man ever visits and returns. She wants to commit suicide.

In as much as my hobby is to severely reprimand my comrades with the help of my old man, Grandpa Richard; I also take some time out to counsel comrades who email me with problems running the entire gamut from relationships to family and career matters. Though a few of those issues appear unsolvable at first, a solution is always found in one way or another. But never has the solution involved taking one’s own life. I am no shrink, but today I feel compelled to offer my comrades several nuggets that I hope will deter them from habouring thoughts of suicide.

The issues you’re facing may seem insurmountable as for now, but those problems are not unique to you. Many people have been in a similar situation and somehow they managed to pull through. Show me a 14-foot wall and I’ll show you a 15-foot ladder. That ladder is your fortitude. Yes the situation is tough for now, but you have what it takes to overcome.

You might want to use the excuse that since it is your life; only you will be made to bear the consequences. That’s a tenuous argument for simpletons. Think of the people you’ll leave behind—family and friends. Those too have a stake in your life and if you choose to terminate it, they will have to bear the brunt of your decision for a lifetime. What will happen to their smiles after you’ve left? Is it fair to subject them to a lifetime of emotional torture?

Anyone telling you that it will be easier in the afterlife is a liar. The illusion of an easy escape is only but a cruel deception. In my religion, you will be sanctioned in heaven if you’re adjudged to have taken your own life. Your wages will be eternal damnation in a raging lake of fire. Is that your idea of a better life?

Life can hand us a sour deal and we can all make mistakes at times. It wasn’t meant to be perfect and nobody is infallible. But whatever it is, you can pull through. You will rise strong and your legacy will live beyond the tears that you’re shedding today.

Maybe all you need is to share your tribulations with someone.

jowaljones

Jowal Jones is a columnist and correspondent with Kenya's leading newspaper, Daily Nation. He also dabbles in fiction works at times, hoping to be the next Stephen King. Sometimes he takes time out from writing to perfect his deer-dancing and goat-screaming skills.