Do you know someone who has taken his or life?
Are you aware of any friend or family who has ever attempted ending it all?
What were your thoughts?
I bet most of you had had things like “Why would this person throw his or her life away just because of this or that?”,
or “That’s very stupid and selfish. To end a life that’s been gifted to you”, running in your heads after hearing about them.

Now, have you ever had the thought of killing yourself? Not even thinking of it as far as how to plan it, but just the thought of you being erased from existence, vanished from everyone’s life. Just that thought. Has it ever been in your head?
If your answer is no, then I guess you’ve been living a really awesome, happy and fulfilled life.
But if like me, your answer is yes, then I guess you’ve had your fair share of pain in this world.

As a kid, I never imagined I’d ever think of suicide. Oh no. I guess the first few times I thought of it was when I was 15. If you can remember when you first thought of pulling your life cord, please put it in the comment section.

But, that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.
Today, my goal is simple. I am here to praise everyone who has ever taken his or her life or attempted it. Praise, yes. That was no mistake.
Suicide victims have always been called cowards, selfish beings afraid to face reality and would rather give the pain to someone else, but today I refute that idea. I’m here to tell the story from a different angle and hopefully you’ll understand what I mean at the end of this post. No, I don’t think they are cowards. Not at all. On the contrary, I think suicide victims are the bravest people in the world. I shall explain why.

Everyone knows what happens when you break up with your lover. You feel pain. Yes, it hurts. But you’re aware that you’ll feel that pain even before you break up.

Everyone has an idea of what will happen if one puts one’s hand in a blender. Oh yes, it’s not rocket science. It’s simple. Your hand gets cut pretty bad. But you are aware of that before you do it.

The thing is, in everything we do, for every action we plan to take, we have a premonition; prior knowledge of the after effects of our act. Except for one thing. And that is death.

Nobody knows what death is because no one ever comes back from it to describe it. Embracing death is like taking a blind step into a dark, floorless abyss, oblivious of any effect and unsure of what’s to happen.
The only thing you can be sure of is that you don’t get a return ticket.
Now, tell me, if one who is unsure of everything about death but still launches head first, steadily into it, is one not brave?
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty brave to me.
It’s not easy to get into the state of being ready to let go of everyone and everything you’ve known in your life. Oh no, that takes guts. And I think that makes suicide victims pretty brave.

Now, I want you to know that I am in no way supporting suicide or encouraging suicide. Oh no! Suicide is a real bug, and its precursors – depression, unhappiness, dissatisfaction are real.
If you, or anyone you know is going through depression, please seek help before it’s too late.

That’s it for today guys. I hope we stop calling suicide victims cowards and start calling them brave heroes, because that’s what they are.


  1. I am a mental health advocate, and a peer counsellor. Although u had a good message, u misunderstand how you used the word brave. You cannot call a murderer brave coz he/she made it to pull a trigger. I mean, suicidal victims aren’t muderers, aren’t weak, nor is it a brave act. I believe anyone who is brave, strong, is that who decided not to die, but chose to fight living. Call that a brave person. But the pschology of saying u are brave coz the act of dying is feared? That doesn’t make u a hero. A hero fights to the wining end.


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