5/5 Oh the places you’ll go stars

So, this is what I did yesterday. I read this book. I have no regrets. These characters are going to stick with me for a long time.

This is a case of Finch saving Violet, but no one is able to save Finch from himself.

It’s pretty obvious how things are going to turn out for Finch. You could see him spiraling deeper and deeper. Still, I found myself hoping that he would back down like all the other times.

I like Violet and I understand her attraction to Finch. She is in a very dark place when they meet. Maybe they recognize the broken parts in each other. Maybe that’s the attraction. I don’t know. I do know they love each other, but Finch needs more than love.

A few thoughts/observations on suicide from a person who is not a physician, but has known 5 people who have killed themselves. And one case where the person ended up with severe brain damage from a suicide attempt. These are just my OPINIONS. You don’t have to like or agree with them.

1.I’ve heard this a lot. How could he/she do that to their spouse? To their kids? I do NOT believe people who commit suicide are selfish. The people I know who have killed themselves truly believe their loved ones are better off without them. Saying a person who commits suicide is selfish is like saying a depressed person is selfish, or a person who is sick is selfish. I think it’s kind of selfish to make other people responsible for our happiness, and blame them when they leave this world. I understand anger and sadness, but not the selfish label.

2.Everyone I have ever known who committed suicide has been in chronic, severe, physical pain. I believe waking up everyday in severe pain for a long time fundamentally changes your brain and the way you think. Obviously, there are lots of people who kill themselves for other reasons. But I can’t ignore the pain factor. I don’t know what I would do if I knew I’d never have another pain-free moment in my life.

3. Social Media is not good for suicide. Whether it be online bullying pushing someone to kill him/herself, or simply the thoughtless comments online after a person in the community has killed him/herself. Even if you think the act is the most selfish thing in the world, there are survivors who loved the person. How is hurting them making anything better?

Just my a**hole opinion.

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