When I wrote ALL FOR YOU, I was contemplating giving up writing. I was angry about a lot of things, some real life, some related to writing but all in all, I was not in a good place. I put everything I had into that book and thankfully, my editor fell in love with it.
But I was lucky in another way because I had an outlet for the dark that was bubbling up inside me. I’ve written about coming home from Iraq because it fundamentally changed something inside me – I suspect that none of us can deploy and come home the same. We’re different, we’re adjusting to new normals.
Some of our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, have a harder time coming home. Some don’t know how to ask for help. And so many times, we stand by the sidelines and we don’t know how to offer help.
It’s the impossible question. What do I do?
I can’t tell you what to to do. But if you suspect that someone is going to harm themselves, stay with them. Call someone for help. Do not leave them alone.
And if it’s you? If you’re in a dark place that feels like it will never get better, it will. I promise you, it will. Just hang on for today. For tomorrow.
I wrote ALL FOR YOU because sometimes the strongest of us don’t know how to ask for help.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can call 1-800-273-8255 or you can go to http://veteranscrisisline.net.