This is the kind of story that deserved to go viral, and it sure did. It all started on a Quora thread, when a man named Kevin Walsh answered the question, "What is one moment in your life you thought could only happen in a movie?" His reply started with "I can't not answer this," and we're really happy he did, because his story is truly sweet and inspirational (and not the kind that makes you gag).
Walsh went on to tell the story of "the prettiest girl I'd ever seen," a girl named Blake who he met at camp when he was thirteen. She told him he looked good in wearing black, and they became friends, staying in touch through IM.
We fell off each others’ radar some time in high school, but I can promise you that not a day went by that I didn't think about that girl. Even now I'm not sure I can say why - something about her just stayed with me.
In my senior year I went through some dumb high school stuff that seemed earth-shattering at the time, and fell hard into depression. I resolved to take my own life, wrote a note and went to where I planned to end things.
Somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds before I would have committed suicide, my phone rang. I checked the caller ID - I couldn't die not knowing. It was a number I didn't recognize, so I picked up and it was her.
Walsh claims that he and Blake hadn't spoken in a year, and suddenly she called out of the blue. He told he was suicidal, and she talked him out of it. She made him promise to call her the next day. Ten years later, he would propose to her. (Probably a lot happened in that decade.)
Walsh told CafeMom that after they hung up, he wrote down "a couple of things that I wanted to tell her someday." He continued doing it over time, writing down "ways that she was significant to me and didn't even know it." And that, dear readers, turned into the words he would use to propose to his now-wife.
Walsh described his depression to CafeMom as "average high school-type stuff," but added that he didn't feel he had anyone to turn to. Speaking to People, Walsh said that the phone call was just what he needed at that moment, just to feel like someone cared.
At the end of their conversation, Walsh told Blake that he was considering suicide. Blake told People, “Knowing his personality, he’s very analytical, and I knew if he had ended up at that point, he had taken all the steps to get there and he wasn’t doing it for attention. This was something he was going to do, and I’m very grateful that I picked up because if I hadn’t, he wouldn’t be here now.”
You might be wondering why Blake said she picked up the phone. That's because, according to People, it turns out that in Blake's recollection, it was Walsh who called her. Walsh says is impossible, because he had a new phone which didn't have her number. On the other hand, if it was a new phone, Blake wouldn't have had his number either.
Blake told People, “I think both of our recollections are true. A force must have intervened to connect us and make it happen.” Whoever called who, that phone call was the beginning of the long road to marriage.
The important part of the story here isn't the romance and wedding (although that's icing on the cake for sure)—it's the fact that Walsh felt that someone cared enough about him to listen to him. For anyone suffering from depression, there's always help. If you feel you can't talk to family or friends, there's the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Life can be good—see, you never know what'll happen.