So... full disclosure since I consider you my friends.
I don't know how to say this, but since more than a few people know, I might as well come out and say it: I contemplated suicide last night. I'll get into this more in a bit.
It's not the first time I've contemplated offing myself. Truth be told, I tried no less than a dozen times, but last night was the first I tried in years because I was afraid of the unknown. I'm more afraid of it than ever now.
It took a phone call to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline and a few people in the best wrestling community on the planet to talk me off the ledge. And regardless of what went down last night, we are and always will be a community of people brought together for our love of professional wrestling. Red state, blue state, other. It doesn’t matter. Regardless of our political ideals, it’s the 16x16 or 20x20 or six-sided or eight-sided ring that brings us all together.
Within the sound of my voice (however you’re imagining it right now), I want you to hear me: if you’re feeling down about last night, you’re not alone. We’re a community. Let’s talk. Let’s not live in fear because we are different from our fellow man and woman.
So I'm gonna share with you something I read last night. Her name's Mariah and she's a cosplayer. And she's cool people.
We are going to be okay. We will overcome any of this. We the people have more power than one person, remember that. We do not have to spread hate. Just love you guys. Just take a deep breath and remember we're gonna be alright.
Well said. But if you still need someone to talk to, here are some resources. And feel free to pass them along to your friends. You may just save a life.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
The Trevor Project (LBGT+): 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
If nothing else, take the following message away from this post: you are loved here. You are worth something in this world and you mean something to somebody.
Love you all.