Ran home from work today. The kids had locked themselves out of the house. In my haste to get home and possibly distracted by the magnificent setting sun, I lost my own keys. Could even have been when I took this photo. I retraced my steps.... to no avail. Two hours later after dropping the kids off at Morrisons with hot chocolates and cycling around Ipswich to find spare house keys, I eventually got in.
The reason I stopped to take this photo was to remember a lost friend. He wasn't a close friend, but he was someone I would look for at races, events and socially. He made people smile. He made parties come alive. He was a top bloke. He also had problems. He didn't speak about and these eventually got the better of him. This devastated my friends.
Over the next few months I lost another friend and the issue of male suicide became more prevalent. The biggest killer of 40something men. We don't talk enough. We don't listen enough. Don't underestimate your impact on those around you. You are loved. You will be missed. Tomorrow is a new day. Chat. Listen.
Wanna come for a beer or coffee?
I'll put a link in my bio for a bit to @calmzone who do great work.
Oh and if you find some keys with a PG tips monkey key ring around Norwich Road please let me know!
#malesuicide #savethemale #suicide #calm
By Brian Powlett
I'm an Ipswich JAFFA RC member who has been tapering since 2011. I race for fun, but rarely train. I'll pause to take a great selfie before I get that PB. Life's too short to run fast!