In just a matter of days the nation suffered the suicide of two notable individuals. Kate Spade was more than a brand of cute women’s accessories, she was an inspirational person that showed by example that women can be influential ( such a fucked-up society that we still have to make such observations) in business.
Anthony Bourdain simply traveled the world and showed how people interacted with food, seems simple enough just bite down, but food as it turns out is a venue for people to share who they are as a people, individuals and that we have more in common than we like to admit.
Their suicide may go unresolved forever, both battled depression and all the demons that comes with it. Inconsequential was their success, fame, money, these are just some of the good fortune that come into some people’s lives, what does matter is that they were troubled people who had families, friends and yet were unable to get across that they were to do the unthinkable.
We can celebrate their lives but should never forget their deaths because in their last desperate act they are still sharing lessons with us…for me that is to pay attention and never dismiss or think that our family or friends are not capable of contemplating suicide. We live in dark times, negativity is omnipresent, a skewed media, the personification of hate in the White House, division, rampant corporatism, we are a hyperpolarized nation. All these things are enough to drive healthy individuals over the edge, for people who suffer mental illness things must “FEEL”unsurmountable. If you are going through tough times talk to a trusted family member or friend, but ALWAYS contact a professional, be well— there is always a better tomorrow all you have to do is persevere.