Every year I am struck my the poignance of the close proximity of World Suicide Prevention Day and the September 11th anniversary of the loss of 2977 people in 2001. The two days share a similar sadness; days of memory for those who have been lost and awareness for threats to life such as terrorism and suicide.
I saw a post circulating Facebook today that really touched me:
On the eve of September 10th 2001, millions of Americans went to bed quietly, with no thought that the next morning their world would change for forever. That night hundreds packed flight bags they would not live to open. Thousands slept beside loved ones for the last time. One never knows what a new day has in store. Let us live each day to the fullest, and never miss a chance to let those dearest to us know of our love for them. So, if you have someone in your life that you love, tell them.
At a time of year where we remember, I think it is also important to think of those who are important to us. I think there is a huge amount to be said for one of the oldest of sentiments, something we develop in infancy that remains key throughout our lives and regardless of the situation we may be in, the wonderful thing that is love.
Tragedy acts as a stark reminder of what is important to us and who we wish to surround ourselves with. Love comes along in all sorts of forms; the love of a parent and their child, the love between siblings or family members, the love of friends and companions. It can be felt in so many ways with so many different people in our lives. Love is a powerful thing and to experience it can bring such joy to life.
For today’s day of #SelfCareSeptember, get in contact with those you love, life can be full of unexpected and unexplainable things; so make sure they know how important they are to you.
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return