I never really had a good relationship with my uncle, but he said something that made me think, made me feel better, and I hope I will never forget it. On December 23, 2008, I was thinking about killing myself that day, and I went with my mom to the hospital to check on my aunt who was having surgery on her knees. My uncle and aunt was in the room when we arrived. (My mom sgot their first cause I had to use the bathroom.) And we talked, as a family. I told him that I might end my life today (Dec. 23) and he talked to me and said that will hurt us a lot. Then he said, that when he was in church, the minister said that we sometimes think that everyone has it better than us. But ppl only see the surface, and we don't know what is REALLY happening. He use a VERY useful metaphor, about if we could put all our problems and issues in a brown paper bag and hold it up to each other. We would keep our paper bag. What he meant is that some ppls issues are worse than ours. I thought of this when I was talking to 'wastedmylife" on a thread I made earlier. He said that he would trade his troubles for mine. But when it comes to it. We ALL have issues. Trouble affects blacks, whites, latinos, asians, indians, native americans, arabs, gays, straights, bisexuals, christians, muslims, jews, atheists, agnostics, rich, middle class, poor, and all in between. When makes us better if we can stand to our problems and deal with them. I hope that everyone here can do that. I love all of yall, and if you believe in God, keep me in your prayers. ~Bryant.