To Whom It May Concern,

History and literature go hand in hand. You can’t learn history without reading and you can’t scribe it without writing. When you think about it, history books are an anthology of people’s stories; a collection of events and truths journaled in one place. These events flow from year to year, period to period, age to age; all the way to you and I. Every day that you are alive is a gift and is another chapter in your history. History doesn’t necessarily mean George Washington, World War II, or Martin Luther King. History can be a personal story of your life, in fact that is what history is: true events of the past. You are shaping the future just by being alive, therefore your existence is making history. Nothing makes you appreciate that more than history and literature, reading stories and telling your own. A wise author once wrote what I think perfectly sums up how extraordinary you are. He writes, “In over 900 years of time and space, I have never met anyone who wasn’t important.” 

You have a story to tell. We all do. Stories don’t happen in a day, sometimes the adventure takes chapters or even books to reach the happy ending. Frodo didn’t take the ring to Mordor in a sentence, he did it in three books. Narnia wasn’t made safe in one chapter, but over the course of seven books. Your life, what you struggle with, is merely a chapter in your own story. All great stories develop over time and there are conflicts to be had along the way. 

Turning the analogical page over to film to better explain my point, conflicts constantly arise and you must not let them deter you from finishing your adventure called life. Rocky Balboa took hit after hit from opponents like Apollo Creed and emotional beatings in conflicts with the media, his son, and himself. Over the course of Rocky’s story, which has spanned over forty years, he loses so much and it appears as if he has nothing left to fight for by the time we reach the seventh film. However, Rocky keeps fighting, albeit no longer physically boxing, but has seen his opponent change from a boxer to cancer itself. Rocky’s story is not over yet and neither is yours.

Under no circumstances should you throw in the towel or toss down the pen and end your story before it’s time. You may not think you have anything to offer or that the fight is too hard, but it’s only one chapter in your amazing story that is unfolding. You are special. You are important. You are loved. Regardless of your situation, condition, or relation; your race, religion, or gender; you should never end your life. Suicide is never the answer. You are loved and you have something to share with the world.

You have a story. Now go and live it. 

Sincerely,

Kaleb Koho

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