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I really hate to admit it, but I was nearly a victim-- Twice as a matter of fact-- of depression and have been put in a mental hospital (both times) for more than a week. They kept asking me questions like: "Is it really worth it to take your own life and miss out on the things/people that you love the most?" They also had me repeat a praise: "Suicide is the most SELFISH thing you could possibly EVER do." I asked why, and they said,"It's the most selfish thing because you are causing many people to suffer because of your absence. That's why." It stuck w/ me after that. Never forgot it since. I have even seen some one commit suicide right in front of me and I couldn't do anything to stop it.Scared me for life! So don't you EVER, EVER let depression drag you down to H*** w/ it. Because I know YOU(yes, I'm looking at you through the screen) have strength, lots of it ,too. You just have to search deep within your heart to find and use that one weapon to save your life.Do it.(I command you!!!) So help me, help me make a difference.
Just returned from a college Horticulture Club trip to Chicago. First, we visited the Aquascape HQ (a company that designs aquatic gardens) before we checked into our hotel. That was Friday. On Saturday, we visited the Chicago Botanical Gardens. My room mate, (I shared a room at the hotel w/ her) a young woman who was a fellow club member, and I wondered through several sections of themed gardens, where we took loads of pics. We only covered the Bonsai Collection, the English Walled garden, the English Oak Meadow, the Native plant garden, and the Sensory garden. What we covered was only HALF of the main island that connected to the visitor's center/main entrance. We had lunch there together and I bought souvenirs from the gift shop. The Chicago BG is made up of islands that are connected by bridges and the entire place sits in the middle of a man made lake! If you've been to/heard of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, this BG in Chicago is twice its size! it's impossible to see the entire garden in one day, you'd need two days to do so. The garden is 385 acres! so, moving on...After that, we visited the Cantigny Park where my room mate and I took pics of their gardens. There happened to be an art bazaar going on so I bought a couple sets of earrings from two different booths. On the way back to the hotel the bus stopped in a cluster of restaurants and fast food for dinner, then we returned to the hotel for the day. On Sunday, (our last day in Illinois) we visited the Morton Arboretum. One of our instructors took us on a little 1hr tour and picked out certain trees and talked about them. I took lots of pics of the grounds. I also bought souvenirs at their gift shop too. We arrived back at the college at 5:00pm. The drive to and from was about 5hrs each.

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