"What I told you about saving people isn't true.  You might think it is, because you might want someone else to save you, or you might want to save someone so badly.  But no one else can save you, not really.  Not from yourself.  You fall asleep in the foothills, and the wolf come down from the mountains.  And you hope someone will wake you up.  Or chase it off.  Or shoot it dead.  But when you realize that the wolf is inside you, that's when you know.  You can't run from it.  And no one who loves you can kill the wolf, because it's part of you.  They see your face on it.  And they wont fire that shot.... You've got to save yourself.  Do that for me, okay?  Because you are worth it."

I loved this quote (yes, it is kinda long) from Love Letters to the Dead.  The main character has a death in her immediate family which shook her whole entire world upside down.  (Duh this would massively alter ANYBODY'S world)  This story is one that if YOU had a death, you can read and make it through because it is a coming of age story about characters' growth in the year after her sister's death.  The love letters are NOT to her sister but famous people who all overdosed/committed suicide.  September is suicide prevention month.  Be nice to people, you never know what they are going through.  Mental illness is real and needs to be accepted so that people will go get help when they need it.  Too many are ashamed and wont get help.  Break the stigma.  Soapbox over.

-Picture from Montrose Beach


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