Staffer writes sensitive poem

AJ Lank, Sports Editor

I am Suicide.

  I don’t think they really understood; everything about me didn’t make sense. I didn’t have my life all figured out like the other kids, but that was OK. At least I thought it was.

   There was much controversy about who I was going to be, because everyone knew I was different. They knew I had certain challenges to deal with, and yet they still judged me.

   They told me things I will never forget: the scars they left behind and not one of them cared.

   I was hurt. I was scared. I was human, but they didn’t understand. That’s why I did what I did.

   Now looking back, I don’t regret it. I know those I love will have to live without me, but they will get through it. I believe in them.

   While I was alive, I learned a lot. I loved. I hurt. I feared. I had courage.

   These things and so many more. The things I left behind me. The things that I passed on to the people I now know really cared.

    I see the hurt, the pain in the people I thought never wanted anything to do with me.

   And now my advice to you: don’t be scared to live, to love, to hurt, to fear, to have courage, to stand up to those that might put you down and to notice those around you that really care.

   Don’t make the decision I did; while I might not regret it, I still believe that there are better options for those of you that are still hurting and feel alone.

   Learn to live, and love it.

   We as people need to take the initiative to really pay attention to those around us and how what we say and do really does affect them.

    A lot of the time we don’t take the time to think before we speak. To try and understand how what we are saying or what we are doing will affect those that we are saying it to or that we are around.

   So think the next time that you say something, and think about how your actions are going to affect others, because what you say and do actually does matter.