I think about my father every Father’s Day—my true father—who adopted me when I was 2 years old after he married my mother.
Our father committed suicide when I was 7 years old.
He gathered my and my three younger brothers around the phone, called our mother and said, “If you don’t come for the children right now, I will kill us all.”
I can still hear these words, still play them in my mind, like a recording.
Then, he put me and my three younger brothers out on the porch to hold hands, to wait, while he pulled down the shades…
Since my own struggle with suicidal thoughts began almost 4 months ago, my perception about my father’s suicide has changed. My perception of all suicide has changed.
I used to think ending his life was something my father chose to do.
Now I’m not so sure.
My own suicidal thoughts are not thoughts I’m choosing to have. And, if I were to end my life, I don’t feel it wouldn’t be my choice, nor something I did to myself.
First of all, I’m happy! I look forward to spending time with my family and friends, for peaceful and simple things, and to making new work…
Secondly, it’s like a part of my brain has gone rogue while the rest of it’s doing its best to spend time with the people and pets in my life, to garden, to walk, to create art, to write, to eat, to sleep…;
And this rogue part, “the imposter”, is only thinking about this one thing, ending my life. I have to consciously distract myself and the imposter to get the imposter to stop the thoughts or to dull them.
Keeping distracted has been helping me stay alive. But, it’s really my will that keeps me alive, just me and my will. And, this will seems different from choice. I am literally doing all I can to stay alive.
I can see how this could get tiring after a while. How someone could give up.
So, I wonder now, whether or not my father had a choice when he ended his life, whether or not this was something he could control.
Did my father have an imposter too?
Do most people who end their lives have an imposter?
Do most people who are thinking about taking their lives have an imposter?
Is it always correct to say someone has “committed” suicide?
Now I’m not so sure.
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