October 1, 2015 | Storytelling will Save the World… Yes, Even Yours | Joshua Rivedal
Captain's log, Stardate January 2011. Where unfortunately many have gone before. I'm twenty-six years old and thinking about dying... actually I'm not being entirely truthful. I'm dangling halfway out the fourth floor window of my bedroom in New York City.
I don't really want to die. I just want the emotional pain to stop... and I don't know how to do that. Hell, two guys in my life - my father and grandfather - each didn't know how to make their own terrible personal pain stop and now both were, well, dead.
My grandfather, Haakon - a Norwegian guy who served in the Royal Air Force (35th Squadron as a tail gunner) in World War II - killed himself in 1966 because of the overwhelming post traumatic stress he suffered because of the war.
My father, Douglas - an American guy who was chronically unhappy and an abusive man - killed himself in 2009, the catalyst being a divorce with my mother along with some long-term depression and other mental health issues.
How did I get to such a dismal place in my life so quickly, just a month shy of my twenty-seventh birthday?
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