Friday, June 8, 2018

Food for Thought: "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.

Hi All,

I'm not sure how to start this post, so forgive me if it gets long winded or sounds like I am preaching by the time I am done....

If you haven't heard already, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is dead. The cause of death was suicide, this news coming just days after fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead, her death also ruled suicide. I can't even begin to imagine the pain they were in and how long they must have been suffering in silence.

You might be thinking, why does this matter to me and why should it matter to you? Well, it's quite simple, really. There are a lot of people out there suffering in silence -- people you know, people you don't know, maybe even you. In fact, a few weeks ago, the co-worker of a family member took her own life. I didn't know this person, but someone close to me did.

So, you see, just because we never knew Anthony or Kate personally, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't care. What we should be doing is opening up our eyes to those around us and letting people know that they are not alone. This is why I am sharing the video "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. I've also included the lyrics below. I just want to offer some hope in whatever small way I can, and the message in this song expresses what I want to convey.

Everybody Hurts


When your day is long
And the night
The night is yours alone
When you're sure you've had enough
Of this life
Well hang on
Don't let yourself go
'Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it's time to sing along
When your day is night alone (hold on)
(Hold on) if you feel like letting go (hold on)
If you think you've had too much
Of this life
Well, hang on

'Cause everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don't throw your hand
Oh, no
Don't throw your hand
If you feel like you're alone

No, no, no, you're not alone
If you're on your own
In this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you've had too much
Of this life
To hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes
So, hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on

Everybody hurts

You are not alone

Songwriters: Bill Berry / Michael Stipe / Peter Buck / Michael Mills
Everybody Hurts lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group


Need help/want to talk?

National Suicide Prevention Service in Canada: 1-833-456-4566 | Text 45645

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States: 1-800-273-8255

International: YourLifeCounts

"Don't let yourself go... you are not alone... hold on...."

💗 Eddy


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