I just read on a couple of blogs that Kanye recently admitted to contemplating suicide.
I want to make a clarification that contemplating or thinking about suicide is not the act itself.
Artists are emotional creatures by nature. We experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Things that a non-emotional person sees as a paper cut, we see as a deep gash. We feel things in ways that people can hardly imagine. It’s what makes us great artists. I, too, when I was a teen contemplated suicide. I THOUGHT about it.
Just because a thought goes through your head doesn’t mean you go through with the idea. You may look at a story of someone who has robbed a bank and say to yourself, “Man, if I had a million dollars…” But, that doesn’t mean you go out and rob a bank.
I believe many artists have contemplated suicide. I believe its par for the course. Its who we are. We are often our own harshest critics and because of that we suffer; because of that, we have contemplated suicide. But the beauty of being an artist is that you’re brave enough to share your testimony and what you’ve learned from it.
I believe Kanye said, “I will never give up on life again.” People, that’s the point.