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 8, 2017: #Ride4 Jordan Harris (by Tom Harris)
Tell us about them…
Today (sept 8) is Jordans 28th birthday…. after all of our heartache, today is a day to celebrate her life and all those things she did to make this world a better place. I’ve written much about Jordan since she’s been gone…simply put she was placed on this earth to help other people which she did with flying colors. Her smile was contagious, she was a difference maker, she was an incredible big sister, a daughter that constantly exceeded a parent’s expectations and a friend to many. It almost seemed like she was too perfect at times, which often worried me.
She was daddy’s little girl and a gift from God after we tragically lost our young first son Seth to SIDS….my fondest memories include watching her play b-ball with her buds, throwing the shot put in track (she was terrible!)…watching her with her Johnny Reb mates and her infectious laugh, including her entertaining us at the dinner table as milk drooled out her nose cause she was laughing so hard….and just watching tv and hanging out with her.
How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?
Depression and suicide are not popular topics to talk about in our society today….lets face it….people want to hang with folks that make them feel good or laugh. Our mission is to change that notion and let folks know that it’s ok to talk about mental illness and suicide….depression is the quiet disease that needs all of our attention. This country is made up of thousands of different kinds of people……many of those people aren’t necessarily able to get through life on their own. Before Jordan left us, this was never a focus….90 per cent of the people I share Jordans story with have their own story…..the statistics don’t come close to painting the picture of what really is happening with mental health in the country.
A small special way we can celebrate them on the road?
i have stencils in my bag….would love for riders to stick a J on their helmet.
Is there a particular favorite song or band of theirs, or one you remember them by?
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes