Day 26. Have you ever thought about giving up on life?
Yes, very briefly. There were some very dark thoughts and days in my life as I am sure that many others have known but there was always the thought of an uncle of mine in Tennessee.
He had millions, a very loving family, tons of friends from all stages of his life, a rewarding life lived, having survived Pearl Harbor, made his fortunes from 4 separate start up businesses that flourished and was well respected and loved.....but he was narrow of focus when it came to thinking about having to depend on others to take care of him in his later years and so he went to the cemetery to his daughters grave and shot himself. I always thought what he did as an incredibly selfish act perpetrated on the people who loved him.
It has always held my attention to the now and how precious life truly is. I'm sure he had his demons, but suicide is a permanent answer to a temporary dilemna. I can honestly say I embrace every day as a gift. Somedays come tied with a painful ribbon and others are wrapped in the wrong color paper but hey.......much better than the alternative.