The POWER Of LOVE: Girl Stopped Her Friend From Killing Himself And Now They’re Married
A week ago, readers started sending in answers to a following Quora question: “What is one moment in your life you thought could only happen in a movie?”
While some were talking about their encounters with rare celebrities and there were even a few death scares. However, one of the stories that really won everyone’s hearts was submitted by a guy called Kevin Walsh, who wrote about his own tale of a life-saving phone call with a girl that would become his wife.
That unexpected phone call will later literally change his life.
“Once upon a time I was 13 at a summer camp and the prettiest girl I’d ever seen walked right up to me and said “black is a good color on you.” No idea why. We chatted and became friends, exchanged AIM screen names (it was the time) and stayed in touch for a while.
We fell off each others’ radar some time in high school, but I can promise you that not a day went by that I didn’t think about that girl. Even now I’m not sure I can say why – something about her just stayed with me.”
Before the end of his schooling, due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, then 17-year-old Kevin fell into a severe depression. So he decided to commit suicide and wrote a farewell letter. But 10 seconds before taking his life, his phone rang with an unknown number – that was the girl from the camp.
“Somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds before I would have committed suicide, my phone rang. I checked the caller ID – I couldn’t die not knowing. It was a number I didn’t recognize, so I picked up and it was her.
I asked her what was up and she said she just felt like she had to call me. At that point it had been a year since we had spoken, and at that moment she just had to call. Long story short, she pried, I spilled the beans and she talked me out of it. I mean she literally said ‘What? Don’t do that.’ And that was that.
She made me promise to call her the next day, and we hung up. That night I started writing the words which, ten years later, I’d propose with.”
What follows is a picture of Kevin and his wife Blake, on their wedding day.
With no surprise at all, his answer at Quora has already received more than 298,000 views. “The comments have been unbelievably kind; most are congratulatory and uplifting,” Walsh says.
Kevin advises anyone who feels suicidal that the best thing they can do is to simply talk to someone. And who knows, maybe that person you would talk to may just change your life forever, and even become your life companion.
“There is power in saying it out loud. There’s a good chance that the moment it comes out of your mouth you’ll realize it isn’t what you want at all,” explains Walsh.
Deeply touched in our hearts, we express our gratitude to you Kevin Walsh, for sharing your inspiring story and for reminding everyone that things do get better.