Ethan was one of the most successful businessmen in town. He had chains of restaurants and few hotels scattered in the country, he had been given several awards for being the most innovative entrepreneur of the year. His kindness and generosity were one of the few qualities he possessed that drew people to him like a charm. In other words, he was an amazing man.
One of the things that puzzled people about Ethan was that he was always smiling. There was a time that one of his hotels got burnt, it caused him a major setback but he was not caught worried once. Because of his positive personality, people loved him so much.
Ethan got home very tired, he poured himself a drink and stood in front of the glass windows in his study. It was very hard and tiring to keep up a facade, he wondered how much longer he would be able to go on. The truth was that he was not happy, in fact, he had not been happy for a long time. He had depression but there was no one he could talk to. The last time he confided in the people around him, he was advised to not worry too much. According to his friends, it was because he was going through stress. It was a phase that most successful entrepreneurs go through.
His mother was a very religious woman, she was a very strict disciplinarian. Her answers were always a yes or no without reasons. Growing up in his house felt like a barrack, she drilled Ethan and his siblings like soldiers in training. It was whatever she wanted or nothing. When he told her about his depression, she conducted a deliverance session on him and told him to be a man. Men don’t ever show weakness she said.
The nation was shaken by Ethan’s death. Who would have thought that the ever-smiling positive Ethan would commit suicide? The note he left behind was even more startling. He had been a very good businessman, he loved the business world too but he was not happy, he had never been happy. He became a businessman because his mom thought that being an artist would make him look weak and without substance. His friends didn’t help him too, they kept comparing art subtly to business and other professional jobs.
All he wanted to be was a very simple artist. He had no choice but to smile and be positive in front of the world. He didn’t dare show his weaknesses because successful people are deemed as perfect and without faults. They must be blameless and serve as an encouragement to others. If only he could have gotten help, maybe he wouldn’t have been depressed. He felt so sick and tired of the facade so he had to put an end to it. In the end, he apologized for his shameful actions but he had shaken the world.
Ethan’s death taught a lot of lessons. It isn’t everyone that smiles and looks happy outside that is fine, some of them actually need someone to reach out to them and ask how they are doing. Men are humans too, they have feelings and should be allowed to express their feelings. Being successful does not mean happiness, some people are not happy doing what they do. Depression is real. In the end, everybody was affected by Ethan’s death. If only they knew.
Writer: Empress_writes (Esther Ayoola)