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I don’t think people commit suicide just because they’ve given up on life…that would be too shallow a reason to do something so destructive. I think they commit suicide because they’ve given up hope of ever being significant in the lives of those they hold dear. Of course, there’s a huge crowd out there that have committed suicide of their souls a long time ago, and now walk around pretending to be full of purpose but in fact are waiting patiently for the end to arrive through a means other than at their own hands. They’re the cowards amongst us.

They’re caught in a horrible web of trying to please those in whose lives they desire significance, but in fact lack the courage to be their own person. So instead, they cower in the face of opposition to their life’s yearnings and yield to the dictates of their significant others in the hope that that will allow them to be seen as significant after all. Little do they realise that it only diminishes their stature even further making the significance that they seek even more unattainable. Best to be true to yourself and let those that mind not matter, so that those that actually do matter will be able to embrace you for who you are.

Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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