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18 years without you.

Hey there, dad!

Today is a very personal post, the usual greeting would not feel right and had to be replaced for one post. Feel free to skip this post if you get triggered easily by reading about family, mental health, depression, suicide, losing people you love.

18 years ago I lost one of the biggest influences, role model in so many ways. 18 years ago my father did his third suicide attempt. His final, successful one. First one was when I just started school, hitting a tree with a car, second was cutting his wrists artery, third one was like the first one but obviously hit harder when I just had turned 11 years old. People always say the pain will fade, to me it does not. Of course there are days when it does not hurt but no day will pass that I won’t think about him. He is with me, in a way, wherever I am and you will find me asking him for advice in moments of silence.

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Even if it would not be on my minds, being biologically related we have the same crooked pinky fingers, the same tiny jawbones and our faces look similar as well. And since he always was a huge role model, inspiration for me I often find myself showing a similar behaviour. Those tiny moments that make you smile, as they say a person is only really dead if noone remembers them anymore.

He was raised in a tiny city in the ruhr area, by a mother who was nice and loving but would fight for what she thought was right and an equally nice father. Let’s say they had clear male / female roles but both strong characters. His name was Fredi, born September, 13th. Virgo. A typical one. A person who could spend hours with his miniature railway, never be satisfied with the details of the houses or surroundings one could buy in stores, DIYing them himself instead. A person who would create garden patches in perfect 90° angles, who would call so many everyday things by their chemical names, who would be an intelligent and thoughtful mind, maybe sensitive, even though he would not show if something upset or hurt him. I wonder if that was one of the reasons he made his masters degree in chemistry or if that degree made him become the typical virgo, the hard working perfectionist I remember?

With that background I understand his tendency for depression, I understand why he did this to himself. He thought he was responsible for keeping the good financial situation of the family, having only a temporary contract at work, he probably was afraid of not being good enough in his own standards. The bosses assured him he would get a new contract after that one but for someone who has a tendency for depression this is something that those demons will stick to until they destroy you. Of course I wish this would not have happened, that somehow the therapies would have helped better, that he still would be here in person. Then again I never had to argue with him during my teenager days, did not hurt him by some puberty behaviour.

I also never saw my parents fight and according to my mom they only had one argument, maybe those moments when both had different opinions but they always found a solution without arguing. Probably what one would call the perfect relationship. He worked a lot, so the time we spent as family was rare but always filled with excitement, never boring. I wonder how he managed to be that full of energy, when there was a day off or some spare time in the afternoon we often went to amusement parks, worked in the garden, learned new things the entertaining way, played board games and talked.

So today being June, 15th it was 18 years ago, in 1998, that a policeman rang our doorbell a few minutes before I had to leave for school, my mom said nothing bad had happened but I am sure she knew what had happened and just sent me to school to be strong for telling me the bad news when I return home. She thought. I knew by the look on her face, by the look on the policeman’s face and by the horrible pain in my stomach that this was not true, that it had to be something really bad.

I often wonder what he would think about my behaviour, my life, my whatever or if he would have some advice to share. Wonder how he would be like today, in a world that has changed so much. He sometimes played Nintendo 64 with me, would he like online games or social media sites? I know he would like to teach me about photography, it was one thing he liked a lot. As you can immagine, there would be a million things I would like to ask him or things I would like to enjoy with him, places to show and all that. That early loss of my dad probably taught me a lot about life though. We have to show the people we love how much we care for them before it is too late. Give them that hugs that you would like to, ask them your questions, spend time together. Life is short and you never know how short it actually is before it is too late. Sure, if you are like me you believe in some kind of connection even after a loved one passed away but still it will never be the same again.

Those 18 years without you often were really painful but I am sure you are still with me, one way or another. See you again, one day. ❤

In case that you read through this entire article, there has been another soul-strip post a few months back: Goth and Depression?

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Goth and Depression?

Hey there, Internet!

Actually I did not want to join the discussion on this topic that came up on every darkly inclined website or group on every social media a few weeks ago after an article in some newspaper stated that there is a connection between teenage goths and depression – not going to link to that newspaper / article though, if you really want to look it up feel free to google it. Sure, they said that ‘they are not saying being goth causes depression’ but still, reading through it you might easily think that the higher risk they mention actually would state goth as a reason for depression. Obviously though I do have a few things to say about this topic now. Sorry for a very personal soul striptease and probably a bit negative blogpost. I usually try to keep this place on the happy side but with this topic and the emotions attatched I am sorry, I can’t. I tried to write this post for about a month now, was not happy with the result and started again since I am not willing to put anything online that is not fully finished.

There have been happening a lot of bad things amongst my family and friends during the past two months. Far too many, a quite scary amount of my loved ones, got diagnosted with cancer last year and this year again, some were able to fight their way through it, some are still trying to beat that thing, and sadly a few lost that fight, not all of them lost against cancer itself, since facing a disease that might kill you as well might bring up another enemy, depression. Easy to guess, not all of them were goths.

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Little me, not depressed, not goth but in love with the bats and spiders living in our attic and I already knew what to do with that hand! \m/

I have been diagnosted with depressions when I was a child. This was not a girl being goth, this was an 11-year old girl who was mourning the death of her father, not being able to understand what was happening or how to get out of that mourning again the way she lived and thought back then. Of course, therapies and all that were done, still not successful, mini-me stayed locked in those mental chains. Acting normal, being sad, thinking too much.

Eventually I met a group of goths – cliche, covered in black velvet, chains, totally beautiful and fascinating with their vampire like attitudes. They were 10-15 years older than me and didn’t live close to me, but were still people who I felt deeply connected to (and thanks to the being older fact and them having their own cars we were able to meet quite often). They were able to show me things to love about life, music, places, art, made me feel better, tought me to understand what my soul needed, smile again with my heart instead of putting on that mask I was used to wear.

At school I was bullied because of the way I looked, other pupils started calling me names, throwing waste at me and even pushing my head into the toilet. It hurt, I hated school only because of them, if I would have had the chance to quit school I might have done so. Not because of being goth but because of bullies, that can happen to every child at any time (be it to look, religion, grades or whatever, people are mean, so are their children). Teachers did not care – believe me, after becoming friends with those goths I was confident enough to talk about what happened. My mom managed to make the teachers put me into a different class, I liked the other pupils, they liked me and everything was fine, no bullying, no bad mood or depression. (On a sidenote: scary thing to me is the fact that one of those bullies now is a teacher, noone of them ever tried to apologize, I am afraid thinking about what her future pupils will have to go through.)

These days you will not find me depressed anymore, maybe in a bad mood of not being able / willing to leave my flat for some days or maybe being too critical regarding things I write, paint, create or maybe even regarding my life, still to me this is normal and as long as it won’t be for longer than 3 days in a row I am fine (been having a year or two of fighting against the return of that inner monster of mine afterwards but I won). Sure there are people who have not yet found their way out of those chains and some might never find it but still it is a part of being alive, being human, not a part of being goth.

So to me goth is not connected, causewise to depression, sure maybe for me it was part of the cure, I think we are able to understand that it is a thing people need to talk about, need to understand. While the majority of society still thinks the only acceptable diseases are the ones you can clearly see prove with blood or broken bones we understand that the soul as well can get sick and needs someone to take good care of to heal again.

Did you read that article? What are your thoughts on that topic? Have a nice evening!

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