Night Hides the World : Stars come out as evening twilight fades in this serene skyscape following the Persian proverb Night hides the world, but reveals a universe. The scene finds the Sun setting over northern Kenya and the night will soon hide the shores of Lake Turkana, home to many Nile crocodiles. The region is also known for its abundance of hominid fossils. On that past November night, a brilliant Venus, then the worlds evening star, dominates the starry skies above. But also revealed are faint stars, cosmic dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the graceful arc of our own Milky Way galaxy. via NASA
officially the new year. 2016. I have no idea what lies
ahead, but I want to take a moment to look back. Not one year, but
five. Because on New Year’s Eve, 2010, I very nearly took my own
I had a plan. I had
the means. And I had no will to live. But I didn’t do it.
Someone stepped in. And as of today, I’ve been alive for five years.
Those five years
haven’t been easy. I spent one chunk of time in an abusive
relationship, another chunk recovering from it. My parents divorced.
I lost friends – including the girl who had stopped me.
But I’ve also made
friends. I’ve gone to concerts. I’ve read books. I’ve seen movies.
I’ve watched the sun rise and set over a nearby lake. I’ve been to
cities. I’ve laughed. I’ve gotten gifts, and given them. I’ve
roasted marshmallows. I’ve marched and protested. I’ve sung my
heart out when no one’s listening, and danced alone in the kitchen
while I cook. I’ve met people, online and in meatspace, who changed
And it’s all been
worth it. Every smile –
mine, or a friend’s, or a stranger’s. Every laugh. Every “Thank
you.” That has made it
So if you are now
where I was then – if you feel lost, alone, hopeless, empty,
anything – if you are
considering killing yourself – then please, listen to me.
day will come when you look back and you want to cry not because it’s
all so impossible, but because you almost ended it so long ago. You
almost didn’t meet that person. You
almost didn’t see this sunrise. Your
life almost didn’t happen.
day, you will have been alive for five years. But
only if you hold on now.
I promise. The day
will come when you are so, so glad you lived.