This past week has been heavy. A college friend and fellow classmate, Rob Lawrence — one of the coolest, friendliest, most genuine people I’ve ever met — went missing back in January and was found deceased last Tuesday. I had been praying that he was on some random sabbatical being the travel junkie he was. Couldn’t bring myself to think anything else aside from that.
Rob was the type of person who could light up an entire room simply from smiling. And he could get along with literally anyone, so if you didn’t like him, something was actually wrong with you. He was kind, thoughtful, charming and the perfect gentleman. So when I learned that he passed due to suicide, it didn’t make sense to me. Still doesn’t.
Because if you look at any picture of Rob on social media, he’s either smiling, traveling the world or surrounded by family and close friends. Never in a million years would you think someone with a spirit and smile that bright would be stuck in such a dark place. But it just goes to show how we never truly know what people are going through. The crazy thing about social media is that it causes us to believe we know and see everything a person is doing, when we’re literally just seeing them through a filter. We mistake comments and likes for genuine connection and communication. [Read more…]