I have heard and/or read several different stories of people who were selfless, and who were very heroic in another person’s darkest hour. Though all of them were great to hear and/or read, I want to address only two of those many inspiring stories that have really stuck with me; thus far, in my 37 years of life.
One was of a man who saved another man in a fashion I would only imagine seeing in superhero movie. This ordinary gentleman named Wesley Autrey was on his way to take his young daughters home in a subway station, when a man nearby started convulsing and fell onto the tracks.
Without hesitation Mr. Autrey jumped after him, and was unable to get him off the tracks in time. However, he used his body to push the individual down onto the tracks allowing the train to just barely clear both men without injuring them.
The amount of courage it would take to jump on the subway track, and risk your own life to save a complete stranger in front of your daughters, is nothing short of absolutely astonishing to me. I will always have nothing but respect for this gentleman.
I would like to say I would do the same thing in that situation, but I’m not sure my instincts are inclined to let me lay on a track while a train comes roaring over my body.
The second positive thing that stuck with me was a simple meme. This writer takes something as negative as suicidal thoughts, and spins positivity into it; thereby, its intent is to get people with suicidal thoughts to realize they’re not weak, but stronger than they can possibly imagine.
The writer engages the reader with a sympathetic tone, as if he or she knows exactly how you’re feeling. As if he or she has been there on an emotional level at some point, and tells you that you’re fighting with your own emotions to stay alive.
More often than not, all anyone needs is a reason to live . . . “a stick” as the writer cleverly words it. It is meant to be hung on a wall or door of a counselor or psychiatrist’s office, because they can usually give you the guidance that is necessary to understand or find your “stick.” Something you can use to stay alive in the chaos of your mental state.