The only mistake you can make is not asking for help.

– Sandeep Jauhar

Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications. It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by aviators and mariners.

The “mayday” procedure word was originated in 1923, by a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. The officer, Frederick Stanley Mockford, was asked to think of a word that would indicate distress and would easily be understood by all pilots and ground staff in an emergency.

Since much of the traffic at the time was between Croydon and Le Bourget Airport in Paris, he proposed the expression “mayday” from the French m’ aider to mean ‘help me’ a shortened form of venez m’aider ‘come and help me’.

So what’s my point?

Life can be so unpredictable, one minute you are struggling and thinking about your big break and the next minute you just take off like a pilot in an aircraft and you are soaring so high up and everything seems to start falling in pleasant places and then life hits you so hard again.

It’s really painful to see all the things you’ve worked so hard to achieve come down like a deck of cards. Often times, in a bid to save our sorry faces we try to salvage the situation on our own, thinking we can rescue the plane before it finally crashes and then we end up losing everything.

If you ever feel your world crashing right before your eyes, remember to make that distress call to loved ones.

It’s okay to ask for help, there is no shame in it. Asking for help comes from a place of strength, not weakness.

Forget about the judgment and mockery you think you will face from people and voice out a clear detailed call for help.

Mayday! Mayday!! Mayday!!! This is Ria, I repeat Ria, Ria. My position is 051 degrees, 25 minutes North and 004 degrees 55 minutes West. I am freaking losing it all and I require immediate assistance.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage to give a distress call, to say come and help me, to say mayday.

Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it.

P.S: I am commencing a 30-day writing challenge throughout the month of June.

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