One of the inspirations for this page, Dear Evan Hansen and this song You Will Be Found, has made me smile, feel empowered, and brought me to heaving, sobbing tears. Dear Even Hansen is a Broadway musical about a high school student that commits suicide because he does not fit in.
When I was in high school, our next-door neighbor committed suicide because he could not tell the world that he was gay. It scared him too much to come out of the closet in a time that it was not accepted as it is now. I may be the only person on the planet that knew that fact or why he killed himself. He did not know that I knew. And as a scare dumb kid, of course, I did not say a word. That silence may or may not have cost his life. I don’t know that it did or did not but it is something that makes me think some 30 years later. Could I have saved a life? Maybe… Today is the first time I have ever let his secret out.
If the darkness is overwhelming, you are not alone! “Reach out your hand” as the song tells us. The darkness haunts us all in different ways, and this world WILL NOT be better without you! I was not there for Brent as I wish I was back then. I hope I can help you if you think of hurting yourself.
Just reach out your hand….
My love to you all! Namaste!
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