The future is – and has always been – an abstract and terrifying concept.
As humans, we often find ourselves drifting back to the strange notion of the future and this is simply because, collectively, we fear what we can not control or understand. We find ways to attempt to gain some sort of control. Often, this control seems to be found in the idea of terrifying ourselves into believing the current situation will end up being the final destination. We live in fear of what tomorrow may look like. We are afraid of our own imagination. The impossibilities become the definites and the irrational becomes the only truth we know.
Being talked out of this inevitable fear isn’t a simple task, of course. Several are often caught up in this notion that the future is hopeless…that there’s no worth in our numbered days…that living to see tomorrow is just not worth it. It’s easy to fall into the prison of the human mind – that’s undeniable. However, the transcendence of this horrible fear is found in realizing that the only thing holding you back from the future and the endless potential of it is you.
And that shouldn’t be regarded as a bad thing. That’s okay. Arguably, it is a necessary part of the human experience to feel this doubt; to feel that this simply can’t be all there is. Finding the strength to be able to transcend this fear and false belief of a hopeless future, however, is not a task simply completed individually. It’s an effort that requires the help of others, and, unfortunately, when one is under the belief that there are no resources available, this tends to become a contributing factor to suicide.
Currently, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States for all ages. Additionally, it is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. Every day, approximately 105 people in the U.S. lose their lives to suicide. Expanding to a more global view, over 800,000 people commit suicide every year. One suicide is successfully carried out every 40 seconds. (source)
Awareness is the first step to prevention and potentially lowering these numbers. Organizations such as Holding of Wrist (we celebrated our 7th birthday on Tuesday the 6th!), To Write Love On Her Arms, and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention work to spread awareness and hope to those struggling with suicidal thoughts. While many lives in the past few years have been saved through curing pain with love, some others have not been so lucky. A prime example of this lies in a recent tragedy in the YouTube community.
The passing of Daniel Kyre was shaking to the YouTube community for viewers and creators alike. Daniel was a member of the channel Cyndago, a group of three friends that created skits and original music. in September of this year, Daniel took his own life. It came as a shock, as most of these situations do, but it should be an event that we now use to learn how to treat content creating, and Youtube as a whole. We will never know exactly what Daniel was facing, but we do know that a lot of mental health is stigmatized. Content Creators do not want to open up, for fear that it may affect the viewers, or stray them away. In the future, we hope to rid the world of this stigma. We hope to be able to openly express these feelings without fear of judgement or misinterpretation. It is in Daniel’s tragic passing that we learn to grow as a community, and treat mental health differently as a result. Rest in Peace, Daniel Kyre, and the thoughts and respect of us here at Holding of Wrist go out to his family and friends during this trying time.
-Sam Sweeney (Chief Vibe Protector at Holding of Wrist)
The stigma surrounding mental illness, as stated by Sam, is one that greatly affects our society’s collective ability to speak out in times of suffering. In the future, we hope to greatly decrease the stigma associated with mental illness as a whole and reduce rates of suicide – not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Changes to these statistics in the future are greatly possible, but it must be a group effort. In the same way that people need other people to overcome pain, we need you in order to carry out this mission successfully. We can and will change the world, and we hope you’ll join us. Throughout the past seven years, we’ve always had the same mission and intentions, and plan to continue to carry out our message for as long as possible. We need you now, more than ever.
“I know tomorrow is going to come because I’ve seen it. Sunrise is going to come, all you have to do is wake up. The future has been at war, but it’s coming home so soon. The future looks like a child in a cape. The future is the map and the treasure. The future looks just like gravity: everyone is slowly drifting toward everyone else. We are all going to be part of each other one day. The future is a blue sky and a full tank of gas. I saw the future. I did. And in it, I was alive.”