While sat in the canteen at lunchtime earlier today, I became quite agitated with the conversation that was going on behind me. A few of the over-50s (some, even, qualify for retirement) were discussing the apparent cause of what lead to the closure of the M32 motorway in Bristol, yesterday afternoon. We all heard something about the closure on the radio but, there was no reason given at the time. It wasn’t until later that evening when the real story began to break.
It turns out that there were concerns for the safety of a man on the wrong side of the railings, on top of the bridge. He was prepared and threatening to jump. Only twenty-four hours after World Suicide Prevention Day! Whatever it was, something in his life had pushed him so far, he found himself in a situation where he was prepared to end it all.
How do you think the old gits reacted to this news? What were their perceptions of the event?
I’ll tell you now, that I was disgusted; sat there, listening to their strong opinions and beliefs in what they had to say!
One bitter b*****d first suggested that they should “tranquillise” the sufferer, allowing him to fall to a probable death. Discussion then moved on to how surrounding roads were closed off. Not only did this create chaos around the city for all road users but, this clearance was so that the officials could bring in the cavalry to try and come to this man’s aid. It was a rescue mission but, the t*****s I work with agreed that he should be “locked up and charged for wasting valuable resources and time. Our taxes are paying for this!“.
Sorry but, who’s paying your wages while you spend half the day chatting, drinking coffee and deliberately wasting time on jobs, simply because you think it’s your way of ‘getting your own back’ on a company that’s paid you a minimal wage for all your “hard work” over the past fifteen years?!? …Well, that’s what I would like to have said but, I also realise that retaliating wasn’t going to help this situation.
Another suggested he was “probably on drugs or something“.
All I can say is that I’m glad I wasn’t sat on there table and, I’m glad that I was facing the other way! Everyone else in the room was laughing; it was one of those situations where you fear one person may question why you’re not laughing with them (they didn’t).
Clearly, despite all their suffering in their long hours at work, they’ve never been to that fearful place where the lights burn out as the walls that once protected you begin to close in. I find it hard to believe that even one of them hasn’t come in to contact with another person who has or does still suffer.
They also have a running joke and laugh about another colleague who sufferers with severe mood swings at times. I could suggest he’s bipolar (although, I’m far from a professional!). Another reckons it’s a side-effect of steroid abuse – he is a big bloke but, he also spends a lot of time at the gym, as any of his other Facebook friends could tell you.
Sad news again today is that another man was spotted on the same bridge, earlier today.
We’re often told to look up to and to respect our elders. But, they’re just as ‘guilty’ as too many others in this world of being inconsiderate when thoughts turn to someone who’s suffering and in need of great assistance. I feel I’ve kind of lost my way a bit with this one and I’ve forgotten most of what I wanted to say… It really did get to me though and, as I was typing, my thoughts started racing and I couldn’t type fast enough to keep up.
Just wanted to share the news with you really, in case you didn’t hear about it where you are.