So, I did. And as it would turn out, my boss wasn't just telling me a wild story. Click here to read the article from MSNBC that I thought gave the most details on the solider, the surgery, and his amazing recovery.
|A real photo of Brendan Morocco: 26-year-old retired Infantryman, recipient of two transplanted arms, and general badass.|
Later in my shift, the conversation turned away from the amazing solider story, towards the story of a girl who reminded me a lot of myself. It was the story of a girl who loved learning (like I do), was fascinated by everything (like I am), and also suffered from mental illness (like I do). I never knew her, and I don't even think I was ever told what her name was. The "kicker" of the story was that, as a young adult, this girl came to the conclusion that the only thing she had not yet experienced was death. So she killed herself.
I struggle to come to terms with a world where some people create pain where there is none, and others create hope where there shouldn't be any. Where is the justice? This man, this solider, lost everything - lost all four of his limbs - and yet, against all odds, looks forward to his life and appears to be happy. But then, the young girl - seemingly brilliant, just simply lost - took her own life because she could not find anything left to live for. There was, as far as she was concerned, nothing left to experience.
How can that be? How can there be nothing left to experience? I feel true sadness for her, because I know what it's like to feel like there's no point to living in this world. I remember the point when my depression was its absolute worse. I was sitting in my old apartment, on my bed, and I just didn't understand why humans lived in this world. I couldn't see a possible way to find happiness or meaning in this world of natural disaster and cruel dictators and greedy businessmen and starving children and disease and broken hearts and broken homes and racism and horrifying Sarah McLachlan commercials.
|Hello, my name is Sarah McLachlan, and I'm here to ruin your entire day.|
Someone once told me that life was meant to be lived. Here are two of my reasons.