I didnt set out on writing this. It was only after reading another all too familiar tearful story, that I decided I needed to: For Aidan♡.
Drugs, alcohol and death are a few of the topics Irish people don’t like to think about and certainly not talk about, in a serious manner.
It’s only when all three of these life shattering problems come at your family, one followed directly by the other, that you allow yourself to talk about it.
Aidan was only 26 years young when he was tragically taken from us, just days before Christmas 2016.
I was almost finished my erasmus studies in Cyprus, throughout which we had kept close contact. Only the morning before the accident we had been messaging about Guns ‘n’ Roses, Maxi and me coming home for Christmas.
Despite his youth, immaculate physical health and higher than average IQ, Aidan had personal struggles that he drown out with toxins – like so many good people do. Goods days were often outweighed by bad days and that’s when he went to the off licence or convenient point of collection, to begin his ‘coping’ habit.
Sadly Aidan had been drinking the night he was killed by a car on the road.
It’s safe to say life will never be the same for us, as it isn’t for many other families. But for our parents especially, Aidans life givers, providers and protectors, life has been totally shattered. As da feels; The only way to survive now is to try to raise awareness amongst others, about the risk and heartache involved in drink and drugs;
“it can’t all have been for nothing. Aidan can’t have died for no reason. We can’t let this go, we have to talk about it and tell young people in particular that it’s just not worth it. We have to do that much for Aidan”.
This isn’t a pity post, it’s simply because it can’t all have been for nothing 😔. Just talk before you take anything. Think about the bigger picture before you drink.