When someone dies young, the question of what they could have done with their lives, had they lived, find a way to pop up into conversation.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
Before his untimely killing, RFK appeared to be on track for the Presidency. He represented everything that America stood for and could be. He stood for social justice, eradication of poverty, eradication of discrimination/racism, etc. The grandson of Irish-Catholic immigrants who had surely faced discrimination in their own lives, he understood the potential that America had. That is, if the people of this country were willing to stand up for what was and still is right.
Unfortunately, he was taken from this life when he had only begun to represent the best of America.
RIP, RFK, wherever you are. Your memory still, to this day, is a blessing to this country and her citizens.
Depression is like a dark cloud that refuses to dissipate. Professional success, a solid marriage, happy children and supportive family/friends can often mean nothing when one lives with depression. The dark thoughts are insidious, invading the thoughts and psyche of the person suffering until for some the only way to get ride of them is take your own life.
Today it took another life, that of fashion designer Kate Spade.
Ms. Spade was found this morning by her housekeeper. While there has not been an official ruling on her passing, speculation is pointing to suicide caused by depression.
She leaves behind her husband, her teenage daughter, a fashion empire and many who will miss her terribly.
What breaks my heart is that she had every reason to live, but that was not enough in the fight against mental illness.
If you are suffering, please seek help. Whether it is through your clergy person, a therapist, a trusted loved one or another resource, please get help. You are beautiful, you are worth it and you are powerful. You deserve all of the good things that have come and will come your way.
The telephone for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. The life you may save with the phone call is yours.
She was 55. May her memory be a blessing.