My father told me life wasn’t meant to be easy, I don’t think he ever anticipated it would turn out as heart breaking as it did. Before one miserable night in 2014 there were two actions I’d never contemplated doing in my life, write a book or jumping off a 20-story balcony.
However, this night I found myself so afraid and despondent that I leaned against my balcony railing and wished that I could take away all the pain I was feeling with one action.
What could drive a man to consider taking his own life? The injustices of this world are many, but I never knew how a single one might disheartened someone so intensely. How many others suffer silently as I was?
At that moment, I sat at my computer and started writing a suicide note. As I typed, I started to weigh up the fun moments in my life versus the difficult ones. With my life resting perilously on the edge, I had the strength to be open, honest and unrepentant.
Only when we start to die, do we stop apologizing for who we are, what we have done and what we go through in life. My only challenge was to make myself want to laugh again.
If sarcasm was your acceptable daily allowance of protein, then author Simon Williams would be a juicy 12-ounce steak sandwiched between two pieces of red meat. In a recent Facebook posting of the 37 things people regret when they die, there was only one item he hadn’t done. Let go of a grudge, but he doesn’t regret it.
Born in Townsville, Queensland he now lives in Miami, Florida. He always wanted to move to Leningrad but is buggered if he can find where it is on a map. He has spent half his life having to tell Americans that he grew up near Sydney, as most of them have no idea that Australia has another city.
He started writing as a young man, first with a crayon, then a pencil, finally graduating to a ball point pen. His sense of humor was developed over 8 years of boarding school. As a way of both evading having the crap beaten out of him, while also dealing with being a smart boy who sat at the back of the class, but who couldn’t see the board because he refused to wear his glasses.
His favourite pastime is trolling his mates on Facebook and taking the piss out of them. He has only been unfriended twice, on both occasions by his wife.