[TW: Suicide] What is keeping you alive?

I am doing better now but was struggling with suicidal thoughts in the past - what I realised was that I spent a lot of time thinking about reasons to leave, but not reasons to stay. So here I am, creating a post so that we can all share the big and small reasons keeping us alive - hopefully this helps if you are finding reasons to stay alive, like I did. Here are my reasons:

  • ice cream
  • my friends
  • being able to travel and explore the world

To anyone who is struggling, I hope you know that things can get better and we have so much to live for.


heyy thanks for sharing this!
It always seem like there’s thousands of reasons to leave, but very few to stay and continue. I’m also in a better place now, but there are periods where I relapse. Initially, I felt that I was too young and hadn’t feel enough happiness. Now, I want to stay alive because of food, my friends, books, shows, travelling and seeing the beauty of earth and “experiences”.

The cruel side of humanity is indeed draining but there is always hope for a better tomorrow.


Hi, for those who are feeling a bit low, I have a favourite quote by Oscar Wilde: We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. I hope you are one of them.

Everyone has their own champagne problems and sometimes humans don’t understand one another’s perspectives and emotions. Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. I hope you choose to see the beauty. To believe there is an order to our days. A purpose.
What is keeping me alive is the future, my goals, the people I love and the person I like. Thank you.

P.S. I don’t want to live in vain and I think I am too young to die :wink:


Thank you for posting this. It is always a struggle to deal with suicidal thoughts. It is like a dilemma between wanting to stay and not to live anymore. Whenever I am like this, I always remind myself that there are many things to live for and pain does not last forever:

My reasons:

  • my friends
  • my family
  • ocean waves
  • books I haven’t read yet

For anyone out there dealing with this, you are not alone in this. I wish everyone the best. :slight_smile:


this post really reminded me to reflect on what I’m living for, so thanks for sharing!

here are my reasons:

  • my pets
  • family and friends
  • my aspirations for my dream career

I think it’s really easy to lose sight of what we care about when we are overwhelmed with work, school, and personal issues, so it’s important to take some time for self-reflection once in a while :slight_smile:


I’m kinda goal-oriented so I don’t wanna go until I’ve completed my bucket list in life. The bucket list also keeps growing so I guess I’ll be here for a while.

Also McDonald’s and Ice Cream are. :heart_eyes:. Definitely wanna stay alive to eat more McDonald’s and Ice Cream :icecream:


definitely i would say that one simple thought that keeps me alive is me missing a season of a show that i enjoy watching.
perhaps you can do that too with games or shows or movies that you look forward to :slight_smile:

stay strong

i try to find value in people and conversations- i think that keeps me grounded, and is the reason for getting out of bed every day : ) i remind myself that every conversation i have is unique, because everyone has a different story to tell, and is carrying a POV/ lens that is uniquely their own due to their personal experiences :dizzy:

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Hii, so this really prompted me to just think about what makes me happy in general. I know this sounds cliche but harmless gossips just keep me going, like its a nice distraction once in a while. Another thing would be my daily interactions, the little things i do, the little things other people do to make someone’s day better that even the pass bys would notice :slight_smile:

I’m sorry I giggled… That ice cream keeping you alive is funny to me. But hey, whatever does it, works.

My reasons:
-My mother and father who have worked everyday just to provide for me
-My imaginary friends I’ve created inside my mind
-The fear of dying

On the topic of ice-cream, just saw this on dateideas.

Having suicide thought was something I experience since young, but what kept me alive was the thought of the number of things I have not experience in my life. I have not traveled to many parts of the world, eaten all the food that I wanted to try, attend the concert of my favourite celebrities and many more. To experience all this in the future is the one thing that keep me going, a little bit like FOMO but it does keep me alive until now.

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