Everyone wants to win in life. The trouble is that we don’t always win. A few years ago, a publisher of a national magazine asked me to interview a “professional athlete”. While this athlete was no one I had ever heard of, I reached out to him and completed the interview. When I did, I uncovered an interesting story.
Before I even had time to write that story, the publisher pulled it due to a lack of financial support from Mark’s sponsors. Unbeknownst to me, the article was to be a “pay for play” article. In other words, she never intended to publish the article without an accompanying advertisement for his sponsor’s products.
After the article was pulled, I had several conversations with Mark. Some were good. Some were not so good. Then, I lost contact with him. About a year later, I stumbled across a social media post that stated that Mark had taken his own life.
I don’t know the reasons for Mark’s apparent suicide and I would not hazard a guess. Naturally, I do wonder if there were any signs for anyone around him to see. Just as with all unexpected deaths, I wonder if Mark’s suicide could have been prevented.
In life, we don’t always win. If we can be more attentive to the needs of others, perhaps we may be able to win more often. Perhaps we can keep more people alive.