What the Jovan Belcher situation Taught Me...
My thought process on this topic began after reading a few articles yesterday during class about the Belcher subject. It seems as if this was a good guy who let life get the best of him, which is unfortunate. I think I more so am going to focus on what Brady Quinn said after their win Sunday afternoon.
I've known of victims of domestic violence, as well as all of you, I also know of people who have taken their own lives, as well as you do. I had to take a suicide prevention course here at work earlier this week, and one of the topics was about warning signs. I'm about to jump back and forth but try to vibe with me.
Quinn stated this post game, “We live in a society of social networks, with Twitter pages and Facebook, and that’s fine, but we have contact with our work associates, our family, our friends, and it seems like half the time we are more preoccupied with our phone and other things going on instead of the actual relationships that we have right in front of us. Hopefully, people can learn from this and try to actually help if someone is battling something deeper on the inside than what they are revealing on a day-to-day basis.”
I told my students yesterday that our problem as a people is that we spend our lives trying to compete and to make ourselves approved by people that don't really give a damn about us. There are very few people in my life that I KNOW are out for me and my best interests. That's fine, but you don't have to reciprocate what we are given. Listen more than you speak. Don't be afraid to express your emotions. Men have that bad, I remember in my early twitter days, I'd say exactly what I was feeling, and the #lonelytweets and RTs with the jokes would fly. Not that I cared, but the fact is we never know anymore. Life is about maximizing every single moment we have and enjoying it with people that care about you. That's why celebrities have the problems they do. They NEVER know who they can trust.
In conclusion, Be cognizant of your friends cries for help. Stop making everything a joke, have compassion, LISTEN. Surround yourself with a circle of trust, acceptance, and open lines of communication. Because that one time you stop thinking about you and listen to someone for one brief moment, you may save a loved ones life.
Progressing Daily, MCW