My Dad had told me life wasn’t meant to be easy, I don’t think he ever considered it would turn out for me as heart breaking as it did. I’d never contemplated which action I was least likely to do in my life, write a book or consider committing suicide.
However, one night I found myself so despondent and afraid that I stared over my 20th floor balcony and wished that I could take away all the pain I was feeling with one action.
What could drive a man to want to take his own life? The injustices of this world are great and I never knew how susceptible I was. 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 honestly weigh up the good moments in my life versus the difficult moments. With my life resting perilously on the edge, it gave me 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. The challenge was to make myself want to laugh.
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.