A young man stood at the edge of a cliff, at the bottom was a combination of sharp rocks that would shred anyone that would fall in them and the ocean that would insure that no one would survive.
The man was there, ready to provide a victim for the two as he had given up on everything and wished to surrender his life.
As he got ready to jump and give up his life, a voice beside him said, "That would be a foolish thing to do, you won't find an answer at the bottom, only despair."
The man looked over to find an elderly man that while he appeared weary, looked as though he still held compassion.
"It is not an answer that I am seeking, I know that even god has abandoned me and that this is the only route left."
The elderly man shook his head and said, "That's rather presumptuous, have you ever spoke to god and confirmed that he abandoned has abandoned you?"
"I know he has abandoned me, I am a failure that has been condemned by god and shall achieve nothing."
"Again, that's pretty presumptuous, what makes you think you are a failure and makes you think suicide is all that's left?"
The man sat down, looking into the ocean as he said, "My family has given up on me, thinking me a fool that wants nothing, each time I try to get through college, I fail each time, I never work myself up enough to find a job to support myself with and sit and do nothing while my parents do everything. Basically, I'm just a parasite."
The man just gave a gentle smile as he said, "Then tell young one, have your parents kicked you out of their house?"
"No, but they-."
"Are the things you have tried to do in college hard?"
"They are but-."
"And aren't you just the slightest bit nervous about a part time job, after all, they can be rough and some restaurants like Wendy's can be pretty fast paced wouldn't you agree?"
The man just gave him a confused and surprised look as he said, "Yes, but how did you-."
The old man just waved his question away as he said, "Not important, but as I was saying, you shouldn't give up, these thoughts you have aren't from what you have been told but rather your own doubts. You shouldn't doubt yourself, just keep pushing yourself and try to be the best you can."
The man just shook his head, frustration evident on his face as he shouted, "WHAT WILL IT MATTER?! I HAVE BEEN ALONE MOST OF MY LIFE, EVERYTIME THAT I HAD A FRIEND, THEY WOULD EITHER BE TAKEN FROM ME IN SOMEWAY OR THEY WOULD JUST STAB ME IN THE BACK!"
The old man just sighed and said, "Those are indeed painful things, things that should not happen to anyone. Despite this, it does not matter."
The young man just gave an incredulous look as the old man continued.
"I say that it does not matter, because regardless of whether you have been left alone or betrayed, all you need to do is shake it off and move forward, finding new friends that can be trustworthy. For your family, if you think that them being upset with you is a problem, then what about those who are abused by their family or are orphans?"
The young man gained a thoughtful look as he thought of that.
"Abused children and orphan ones have it worse you know, and yet a number of them thrive and become successful. Yes there are some who give up, but there are others who still continue and don't let themselves despair."
The young man by this time realized that he had been an idiot and started crying.
"Amongst it all, if you did commit suicide, what about those that you hold dear and care about you, what do you think they would do if you were to do this?"
The young man by this point had broken down in realization and was crying so hard. The old man put his hand on the man's back and said, "I am sorry that I upset you like this John, but I figured that you needed to hear what I had to say before you did something that would only hurt yourself and others."
John started taking deep breathes before he turned to the old man and said, "Thank you, you are right."
From there, the two sat there watching the seagulls fly as the sun started rising on a new day. After a bit, John realized something and turned to ask the old man, "Hey, I have to ask, how did you-?"
John found when he turn to where the man was sitting that he was gone, and in his place was a pine tree sapling and a feather that seemed to glow.
John just looked around, trying to find the old man, but couldn't see him anywhere.
Not knowing what to think, John simply looked to the sky and said before returning to his home, "Maybe you were real, maybe you were just a hallucination, but thank you old man, you gave me something to think about I think others should hear this too."
John: the name John in both America and England is used to identify men who have nothing to identify them and is used here to represent anyone going through troubles.
Pine tree: The pine tree symbolizes hope.
Feather: For the reader to interpret.
This story is meant to have a broad purpose. To make you think. If you were going to do something like John nearly did, all you would be doing is wasting your life and hurting those dear to you. I hope that you read this story and walk away with a new view on things.