101 Reasons to Keep Living

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A couple days ago it was World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s truly heartbreaking to see so many fighting for their lives. But it’s also so fucking amazing to see how many of us can come together and bring awareness to this cause.

In a twisted way, it’s comforting to know that there are so many people living with what I live with. I fight suicidal feelings on an almost daily basis, and I have on and off for the past 10 years. Knowing that there are people like me makes me feel less alone, and I know I can always turn to Twitter when my thoughts are the lowest.

I thought it was only fitting if I make a list to know that you are important. If you’re fighting to stay alive, here are 101 reasons to keep living:

  1. Nature is damn beautiful
  2. The sun always rises
  3. Putting your bare feet in the ocean
  4. Dance parties at one in the morning
  5. Laughing until you cry
  6. Doggie cuddles in bed
  7. Driving to look at all the Christmas decorations
  8. Late night conversations of happy memories
  9. Chamomile tea first thing in the morning
  10. Laying in the grass and watching the clouds go by
  11. Winning at a board game
  12. Chocolate
  13. First kisses
  14. Cuddling while playing video games
  15. Fuzzy socks
  16. Finger painting
  17. Finding good makeup at Dollar Tree
  18. Late night walks outside
  19. Movie marathons on Sunday
  20. Halloween time
  21. Falling in love
  22. Fondue parties
  23. Inside jokes
  24. Black and white photography
  25. Quoting lines of your favorite movies
  26. Lighting candles when the power goes out
  27. Making shadow puppets on the wall
  28. Watching horror movies at the movie theater
  29. Finding constellations in the night sky
  30. Light summer breezes
  31. Completing a DIY project
  32. Finding the perfect lipstick
  33. Helping others in need
  34. Disney World
  35. Giving presents to others
  36. Slicing open the perfect avocado
  37. Drinking a homemade smoothie
  38. The jokes on Laffy Taffy wrappers
  39. Classic Disney movies
  40. Blowing dandelions
  41. Pizza
  42. The smell of campfires
  43. Stopping to play at a random neighborhood park
  44. Hiking in a forest preserve
  45. Bike rides at the beginning of June
  46. Finding a new vegan restaurant
  47. Taking really unattractive pictures of yourself
  48. Making friendship bracelets
  49. Writing a poem you’re proud of
  50. Finishing a good book for the first time
  51. Seeing wild animals in your backyard
  52. Making an instant connection to others
  53. Reading a meaningful quote at the right time
  54. Talking about the same memories over and over again and never getting tired of them
  55. Having a picnic in an obscure spot
  56. Not being able to finish a story because you’re laughing too hard
  57. Watching movie trailers
  58. Earning enough Swagbucks to get a free gift card
  59. Finding your favorite restaurant
  60. Belting out to Disney songs
  61. Walking around your house with no pants on
  62. A quiet house to write in
  63. Finishing an entire chapstick without losing it
  64. A part of you never growing up
  65. Shoveling the snow then going in to have a big cup of hot chocolate
  66. Snuggling in clean blankets straight from the dryer
  67. Picking out the perfect paint color at Home Depot
  68. Awesome finds in the clearance section at Target
  69. The mental health community on Twitter
  70. Looking outside and seeing a rainbow
  71. Compliments from complete strangers
  72. Catching lightning bugs your hands
  73. Making awesome things out of Play-Doh
  74. Having a good hair day
  75. Playing with the animals at the shelter
  76. Soaking in detox bubble baths
  77. Jumping in a freshly raked pile of leaves
  78. Getting a positive checkup at the dentist
  79. Smelling flowers and having them stick to your nose
  80. When someone scratches your back and gets the perfect spot
  81. Drawing murals with chalk
  82. Hot summer days with ice-cold pools
  83. Building forts of blankets and couch cushions
  84. Grandmas who always overfeed
  85. You got through another day
  86. Tomorrow is a brand new day
  87. You’re getting stronger every single day
  88. Creating new dreams you can conquer
  89. Knowing that there is only one you on this planet
  90. Being proud of yourself
  91. There are people who care
  92. Learning that you are important
  93. There is still so much to discover
  94. Every day is a new learning experience
  95. You’ve made it this far
  96. Recovery is possible
  97. Your heart is still beating
  98. It will get better
  99. We need you here
  100. You are a warrior
  101. One day you’ll look back and say “I made it”

If you are fighting for your life, I truly am sorry. I care. You are so important.

Please get the help you need and deserve. Keep fighting. Keep living.

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