Why do the stories of people like Amy Winehouse or Jean – Michel Basquiat fascinate us and make us so sad at the same time? (The Jean – Michel story makes me so proud, sad and hurt!)
Why do these suffering souls that hold so much promise waste away so incredibly fast and leave this earth moved, leaving our hearts in awe but irreversibly broken?
The haunting voice of Amy “.. and I wake up alone …”
or Jean Michels “Fire will attract more attention than any other cry for help.”
A lot of the times its because we are not paying attention. We brush off the hurting, we figure they will figure themselves out .. or.. you have your own issues to deal with.
They run, wanting to find their freedom, wanting relief, wanting a listening ear.
They run to drugs, alcohol, spending money they don’t have .. and they keep running.
Could Amy and Jean-Michel have been alive today if they would have made different decisions? I think so.
I hope you run as well…. not into the arms of addiction.
Run into an office and speak to someone, call up a friend and MAKE them listen.
If you are the friend, listen, as hard as you can and as long as you can. Set up an intervention if you have to.
Stop, listen, help.
Read this article on Jean – Michel Basquiat.
Read this article on Amy Winehouse
This post is to encourage you to get help when you are feeling sad all the time. When it feels like there is no end in sight to your suffering and the only thing holding you over is costing you your friends and family.
It doe snot mean you are crazy. ( and no it does not make you any less African 🙂 )
Where can you get help?
Your local YWCA, YMCA is just an example. You can get counseled at school or at a local hospital.
Perhaps for you, it’s time to “stretch out your hand” and begin your journey of healing. That may mean shutting off the Internet, getting rid of the alcohol, forgiving a relative or finally breaking up with that boyfriend or girlfriend. Or it may mean seeking accountability, admitting that you need help and confessing some hidden sins. No matter the size of your pit or how long you’ve been living in it, today is the day to start climbing out of it—even if it requires assistance.
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