The thing that’s unsaid.

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I was sat in a regional departure lounge waiting for a flight when a women sat down next to me. A few minutes went by and the airline announced the flight would be delayed. The women turned to me and said “is that you too?” I said yes I’m heading down for the day. The women replied “me too, I’m back this evening. I’m going down for a funeral”. She went on to explain it was of a good friend. He was an older man who was very wealthy and had a wife and two grown children. She paused and said ” he seemed really happy”. “That’s good” I said. “He gassed himself in his car” she said. I paused and for a moment. I didn’t know this man I knew a few sentences about his life but I knew a truth. The thing that’s unsaid. Like a swan calm on the surface but kicking like mad underneath. Not a person in the world knowing how he was feeling and him thinking the best was out was out. These stories are nothing but sad. Sad for the man, sad for his family and sad for as all. Mental health is a hot topic but should be part of our everyday. As the aircraft safety announcement reminded me in an emergency give yourself oxygen first then help other.

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