Folks, today I decided to post something a little different than usual. Go in a direction that I usually do not venture into much at all.
I just felt compelled to do it so thanks for bearing with me on this 🙂 I think you will get something out of it.
A man by the name of Martin Manley proceeded to a local Kansas police Station 7 days ago and in a very calculated and calm manner put a pistol to his head ,pulled the trigger, and ended his Life right there.
You might say big deal Rob, there are ten of thousands of people who commit suicide every year in the US.
Well, here is where it gets interesting.
Last June 2012 Martin Manley, who was a Sports Journalist for the local newspaper and a blogger, decided that he was going to plan his suicide a year later on August 15th 2013. He had been thinking about it for awhile and since he would be turning 60 years old on August 15th he thought it would be a good time to bow out.
He said he felt that he wanted to go out at 60 before he became old and vegetative and had lost his dignity and was shuttled between nursing homes with people he did not know. Manley had no children, deceased parents and no nieces or nephews.
He did not want to have to witness all the chaos with war and violence to continue in the World and the terrible economic collapse that was soon to be !
According to Manley, he just wanted to go out on top.
You know how I know all of this? Well, its been bombarded all around Social Media for a week now.
But if you still do not know, Martin set up a whole website describing everything he was going to do. His actual Suicide and how he did it and wWhat led up to his suicide. His background and description of his family and childhood. His views on Life and Death, Religion, Society etc…IMHO kind of a morbid but poignant autobiography if you want to describe as that.
And he worked on this Site for a year and bought 5 years of pre- paid hosting so it would be around at least til 2018.
Manley said how cool it would be to have his Legacy continue on the Net going full strength for at least 5 years unlike a standard obituary in the newspaper which is just a few lines and last a day or so.
Martin Manley‘s Site went Live on August 15th 2013 right after he committed suicide in the police station on August 15 2013.
There has been an uproar as Yahoo decided to take the Site down. Many including Manley’s sister demanded Yahoo put it back up as a testament to him and honor his last wishes.
But honestly I do not think that will happen.
There is a Martin Manley mirror Site you can check out that has all the posts Martin wrote on his original site .
Pondering over this the last few days, I wondered what must have been going thru his mind those last few seconds of Life.
One thing that struck me odd what Martin Manley said was this and I paraphrase……….’When you turn 60 if you have not already established your Legacy then it is too late to do it.’
That just blows my mind someone would say or think that . Unstable or not.
I have literally known over dozens of people in my lifetime who have really blossomed in their older years. I am talking about people after age 70 who just have started to really hit their stride in Life and have figured out finally what brings true fulfillment and enrichment to their lives.
By doing this, their actions have rubbed off on other people around them in a positive way. And in a sense leaving a very long legacy during those golden years.
I just thought this whole event was very intriguing. Sad but yet eye opening, and it really made me take a mental inventory of myself .
I think many of us (probably all of us) including bloggers, writers, and internet marketers really get caught up in the Worldly things around us like making money online.
We strive to make a whole lot of money selling products here and making connections there. We become consumed with being successful particularly when it is on our own.
Nothing beats the feeling of having your own business and being highly successful at it and calling your own shots, right ?
Excuse my redundancy here but as you noticed I had to repeat that a couple of times. I think sometimes I need to do that so I can get rid of some of the distracting cobwebs that occasionally get meshed around my brain.
(I imagine some of you have to deal with the same kind of ‘redundancy’ in your Life as well lol)
You see I do think it is important to have good, financial stability. A few bucks can come in handy when you have a family or if you have to pay medical bills, college tuitions, health insurance, car payments,food etc…etc..
But you know what guys ? In the end we have to keep it all in perspective and keep it real. If we get too consumed by the money making part of Life ( for many of us here that means making money online and more of it ) then we miss out on the most important thing in Life and that is…….
Something that Martin Manley decided wasn’t worth much anymore.
Either good or bad to me it always will be ! And I’ll take that to the grave 😉
RIP Martin Manley
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