Not only attempted, but succeeded.
I recognise that someone's decision isn't my fault. I recognise that there have been no warning signs and that just as many others didn't, I didn't have any idea either.
But, my goodness, when I was speaking with them in the very late hours of the night and into the early depths of yesterday morning. I quite simply had no idea, there was no inkling of their feelings, their intentions. There was no suggestion that in a matter of less than 24 hours they'd be gone.
How could I not see it? How could I not have known? How could I not have heard the things that they didn't say?
We spoke of so many things, and yet, it would appear that so many things were left unspoken.
Why didn't I see it? Hear it? Feel it? Why couldn't they share?
My mind is haunted by words that were never uttered, haunted by thoughts of could I have done more. I have a deep sense of guilt deep within my heart. My heart aches for them, that they were left feeling in life, that nothing was actually worth staying for, and right now, I am angry at myself for the fact that I didn't see it, didn't hear those feelings and didn't see what was going to happen a few hours later.
My mind has played over the conversation over and over again, looking for clues, did I miss an outstretched hand that they wanted me to take? And yet, no matter how many times I play it over. There is nothing. Nothing which could have suggested that they had reached the end.
I feel as if I've let them down in some monumental way. I feel as if I've failed them, but also, so very sad that they were left in a place where nothing else was an option.
Did I fail in being the friend to them that they needed? Even though I was the person they reached out to, just as they've done before. And yet still I didn't know, I didn't see it, I didn't feel it. They didn't show it.
We talked, we even laughed, sometimes through tears, but we laughed. How could I not have known? How could I fail them so very badly?
And I have.
I know this was their choice, THEIR decision because they couldn't cope with where life is, the things that are happening. My rational mind even tells me it's not a reflection on me. But, it does feel that way, somehow.
Why does it feel as if I've failed them?
Because it does feel that way and more.
I've lost a lot of people from life, my Mum, my brother, my grandparents, a cousin my age, a close friend. I've even lost an uncle to suicide, and each of those losses carry their own feelings, they bring their own types of grief and pain.
But right now . . ? Right now guilt and sadness and pain and loss and a deep sense of failure flows through me right now. A sense of failure but more so, the heart-breaking realisation that they couldn't reach out enough, that they couldn't find the words. Or was it us not hearing?
Oh how I wish I knew.
I feel anger towards myself that I didn't see it. Anger and guilt and pain and loss. And a deep sadness that a life has ended in this way, that someone was filled with so much pain, filled with so much sadness, so much heartache that for them, there was no other option.
Did they feel as if they were not cared about?
So many people showed them this wasn't the case, maybe they couldn't see it, or maybe we failed in showing it enough.
Did we really fail? Did we really let them down?
Or was it just me.
The day is dark and my heart aches right now.
heart that you were
will now forever cease
will be replaced by endless peace.
I love you. Always.