Running is not forever
It was a hot day in our town and I remember it well. It was an English lesson that not one of us 27 students would ever forget and a warning that we would all heed. She told us that running was better – It was not forever.
Each and everyone of us respected this teacher… she was different. Somehow she respected us and cared for us but still treated us like the adults that we thought we were at third year. We were discussing social issues…something that came up time and time again in our English syllabus. Each of us was working on an assignment – the exploration of a social issue we were personally familiar with through the genre of poetry – an area in which I thrived.
Suicide came up as a topic… actually it was my topic… a topic that I hadn’t experienced but was personally familiar with suicidal feelings and depression… I explored these thoughts and emotions through song lyrics and poetry… I expressed my own feelings through others work, including the writing of my own piece, then critiqued each one. Anyway… the discussion came up as to how and why suicide happened – a student asked “How could someone?” and this led to a discussion on how to cope with suicidal feelings. This is when our teacher advised us with tears in her eyes “To run”
Time to think
She said “When you need to get away, and there is no way out” remember these words… I plead with you to run.” She told us that by running we gave ourselves time to think, ponder, clear our heads, and make a decision that was based on thought and not impulse. She told us to just jump on a bus or a train or in a car and get out but never on impulse decide that life was too hard.
Overcoming the situation
Each of us in that class that day remember her every word delivered with emotion, feeling and tears in her eyes. She cared, and because she cared, we listened and because we listened, lives have been saved. Of those 27 students, I personally know of five who have suffered in situations which have led to suicidal thoughts and plans… each ran and found time to think it through and each found a way to overcome the situation and survive.