This morning I was catching up on some videos recently posted by people I subscribe to on YouTube, including Bill Whittle. He begins to tell the story of a recent experience he had at a gun range. One of the people in line with him rented a gun and then took his own life. As I watched this video, and Bill also shared his life story, I began to cry.
You may not know, but Bill didn’t begin to be successful until he was in his late forties, and didn’t marry until he was in his fifties. As he said, he was poor. He didn’t have money in the bank. He drove an old car. He had his electricity turned off. His chosen career was stalled. He drove a limo to earn money to live on.
We often think that other people are successful and happy, while our lives are unremarked at best, a failure at worst.
What Bill says about people who care about you, and you don’t even realize it, is very true. He talks about the days he was writing Eject! Eject! Eject! – his first blog. He said he never thought anybody would read it, and then someone told him that they saw a car in North Carolina with a sign on it that said, “Read Eject! Eject! Eject!” He was astonished.
You may never know who cares about you. You may never know who you might be influencing by what you write, or say, or do. I know that I am not always patient, or kind. I am trying to do better. I do know this, though. When you write a blog post, or make a thoughtful comment – even if you aren’t directly reaching out to someone – you may be making a positive difference.
What he says about making that step to reach out for help can seem more difficult than taking your own life, but you have to do it, and you will be glad that you did. There are other people who have had experiences like yours, and they will be happy to help you too.
Then by saving your own life, you just might save the life of someone else down the line. There is a comment on the video that says just that. A man who had his life saved was able to help save the man who saved him.
I’m not saying this very well, but please watch the video, because they say it better than I ever could. I love you all!