Each ride-day the Light the Trail team will #Ride4 a victim of suicide to honor and celebrate their life, and to further healthy conversation about this important topic. If there’s someone you’d like us to #Ride4, please visit the #Ride4 page.
September 3rd, 2017: #Ride4 Tucker Johns (by Jay Thorne)
Tell us about them…
Tucker was the oldest son of my wife, stepbrother to my kids and brother to Levi, Anne’s other son. Tucker was good to the core, gentle with people (and animals) and uncomfortable with himself. He and his mother were very, very close - she was the one person who he trusted completely and with whom he was always honest. Their mutual love was very inspiring.
How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?
I have never understood suicide as a solution and I still don’t, but what I have gained appreciation for is the “slowly then suddenly” way that it comes about. Depression, uncertainty, discomfort with place and self—and then a trigger that causes an impulsive act that you can never take back. The fragile nature of life on display.
Any small, special way we can celebrate them on their day?
Wear a yellow bandana. Tucker often wore a particular yellow bandana given down to him from his grandfather.
Tucker, left, with his younger brother, Levi.