To Life Coach or Not?

Suicide is not a novel concept at all. It has been around for longer than any @KhaleeejiGirl wants to think about but it’s happening more and more these days due to the media spotlight on it. So much so that even while writing this article, a new notification from the Gulf Daily News newspaper popped up on my dashboard informing that yet another act occurred in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This was not the first attempt of its kind, of course. It wasn’t even the first attempt of the week.

From former CNN host Anthony Bourdain and more, people, regardless of the number of Instagram followers they have or the wealth they accumulated through long distinguished careers, are taking their own lives. And although the deaths of the aforementioned well known figure upset me once I heard the news, I couldn’t help but wonder the reason why a person would take their own life.

True, the news may report the reason behind Bourdain’s “why” but what about the “why?” factor behind the lives of the people who do not have the same bank status or prestige as him? What about the “why” they thought their only option was to end their lives? This made me think of a comparatively new lifeline that has become more of a prominent norm in Bahrain. This new norm is called life coaching.

Life coaching is one in which a licensed person is able to better guide and assist others in whatever area of their life they need help with. It’s defined by Medium as, “Coaching is about inquiry, asking the right questions, listening, empathy, and empowering someone to become their best self.”

Hence, life coaching is one in which a licensed person is able to better guide and assist others in whatever area of their life they need help with. From relationships, work/study prospects, and more a life coach is meant to help in developing your skills.  I can’t help but wonder if people sought out a life coach and actually talked to them with the mission of seeking guidance if they would be better off. Perhaps those who committed suicide would have lived at least a little longer because there was someone who was interested in helping them. That person would never turn them away or else let’s face it, they couldn’t call themselves a life coach” From relationships, work/study prospects, and more a life coach is meant to help in developing your skills.  I can’t help but wonder if people sought out a life coach and actually talked to them with the mission of seeking guidance if they would be better off. Perhaps those who committed suicide would have lived at least a little longer because there was someone who was interested in helping them. That person would never turn them away or else let’s face it, they won’t be helping others and thus calling themselves a life coach.

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