Today I was attempting to go to my internship which is in Louisville. In order to get there I have to cross the Ohio River via the Sherman Minton Bridge. I was about 1/2 a mile from the exit ramp onto the highway when suddenly there was a HUGE backup.
Last night I had made brownies for class, and had meant to get milk at Walmart, but I had forgotten to get it. I was planning on stopping at a gas station, but with the backup I simply decided to stop at a Save-A-Lot since their milk would probably be a lot cheaper. I was hoping that by the time I got out of the store order would have returned to the streets. As I was checking out I saw through the window that traffic was just as bad, so I asked the cashier what was going on. He said that the bridge was closed because someone was trying to jump off of it! I was like, "Wow, ok...ummm...I'm not going to make it to my internship." I called the teacher and told him what was going on and he was fine with me not coming...so now I'm stuck with brownies and milk that I don't need!
Anyways, I started thinking about why this person was jumping off the bridge. Well, not necessarily why he was jumping, but why he chose to attempt to kill himself by jumping and why he got caught. I think there could be several reasons behind this particular choice of suicide attempts.
First of all, and probably the most likely was that he was wanting to just get attention. He honestly wasn't going to jump but everyone wants their 10 seconds of fame, and he got it, but in the process managed to inconvenience a lot of people.
Another reason could be that he was to the point of suicide, but didn't really want to commit suicide. What he really wanted was someone to talk him out of killing himself. Because honestly, if he really wanted to jump the bridge, all he had to do was pull off to the side, get out of the car and jump before anyone had time to really notice or do anything about it.
The final reason that I could come up with is that he was going to jump, but as soon and he got out of his car and got to the edge of the bridge the fear of actually taking the plunge scared the life out of him (no pun intended).
The moral of the story is first of all, don't commit suicide. Secondly, if you need help, it's not that hard to find...if nothing else go to a church because there are a lot of them out there and most will help people with needs. And finally, if you want to get famous, PLEASE don't do it in a way that's going to inconvenience a LOT of people.
I know this was a really random blog post, but I had to get it out of my system!