Friday Refrain will resume tomorrow

I was going to do the Friday Refrain, I started out to write it but this is what I wrote instead and I'm leaving it. It's a bit more personal than I usually feel like sharing. but it's what came out. Tomorrow I'll post the actual Friday Refrain. Til then, take care of yourself and those you love. 

First thing I read this morning as I was researching today's releases was about Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchinson, and that really sucks. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. My thoughts also circle to all those who have left us way too soon in the last year. It hasn't even been a year since Chris Cornell. And it seems redundant to say at this point but hopefully it helps someone -

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK or help out of the U.S.:

Over ten years ago, my friend killed himself. He was an amazing musician. Within a year or two of piano lessons, he was tackling piano concertos. The only thing that held him back were his wide fingers. He played many instruments actually. Wonderfully smart and talented. And I still miss him and I still think about him every year. Though out the year, honestly. If that's not a testament to how we each leave an indelible mark on each other, then I don't know what is.

I don't understand how some find help, some don't, how sometimes we lose those we love so dearly and can't help. It sucks. Depression is real and hard. We need to move towards making it easier for people to get help. We need to make people feel okay to talk about how they feel. I don't know how or what the answers are but it is important. And I don't know how to end this but to send out these words into the ether and for anyone who needs to hear it.

So it is okay to tell someone you need help. You are loved. You are enough. You deserve to be here. Someone will listen to you and help you. Just talk to someone. Anyone.

Stay safe everyone. I'll be back to the normal routine tomorrow.