I have been greatly grieved recently. Over last few months, over a dozen people have committed suicide in my city. These are not farmers fighting for their lives or hungry beggars, tired of their lives. These have been young professionals in their mid twenties who have been jumping off their balconies at an alarming rate.
I feel not strong enough to write anything right now. I don’t know any of the deceased and I don’t know what their reasons were but I do know that no reason is big enough to give your life. There are people with all the reasons to die. But they choose to live. We have all the reasons to live and yet we find it difficult to do so. Escaping is never a solution, just an excuse.
When you feel weak, go to someone you trust and share. Be someone’s support and find support in them. Hold their hands and you will find strength.
So, here I am sharing an old Hindi song which gives me great strength when I need.
It is a beautiful poem which I am translating for you. I hope you find your strength. I hope you smile.
If you are helpless, be someone’s support
You will find support yourself.
Help a boat to the shore
You will find your shore yourself.
We need to live, smiling
Everyone has to bear his own pains
No matter how long the her path is,
A river has to keep flowing.
If you are alone, don’t stop
Get out and keep walking,
You will find a companion on the way yourself.
Life is always like that for everyone,
But someone smiles through it while someone complains
It is easier to persevere, difficult to live worrying.
There are flowers and thorns in everyone’s path
Which fate has distributed equally among all.
You will find your share eventually.
Not in town and not in a dessert
Not in farms and not in forests
The love is not even sold in the markets
Neither can you find peace in a shop
Whom you are searching,
Don’t look outside, you won’t find
Your loved one is within you.
If you are helpless be someone’s support,
You will find support for yourself.
Until next time!