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Dear Mike, (name unknown, a real person though…)
You were the cause of my frustration at Waterloo station
It was a Friday afternoon, 4.30pm and the trains were delayed or cancelled
Surrounded by many angry, tired and despondent people, I stared up at the screens looking for a train – any train, that will take me home, or near to home.
To be fair, the announcements were repeated every 5 minutes, and the same message displayed around the station – the disruption was caused by an incident between Waterloo and Clapham, and emergency services are on the scene.
And that ‘incident’ was you.
I remember overhearing someone say to their friend say “honestly, how selfish”.
And I immediately agreed with them.
You caused distress for a train driver, for medics and many other people.
And then I had another thought.
Although we had never met, I thought about you.
I have no idea what made you do it. What despair you had in your life that would be so deep that it caused you to make the fateful choice that you did. However, I stopped for a moment.
It was a Friday afternoon, 4.30pm when a human being reached such a low point in their life that they decided to end it. Somebody’s son made the most desperate decision of them all.
I don’t know why and I never will.
You certainly gave me perspective Mike – way beyond ‘no event having any meaning other than the meaning we choose to give it’ (delayed trains or the death of a young man), you brought home an awareness of the frightening number of suicides, there were 6,708 suicides in the UK and ROI in 2013, and the number is similar for 2014 and last year.
Every single day, around 16 people decided to end their own life across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
And on that Friday, at around 4pm, one of them was you
Rest in Peace Mike
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