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Ryan Knight

November 5, 1991 September 7, 2015
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Ryan began his eternal life on September 7, 2015 at the young age of 23. He was born November 5, 1991 in Wheatridge, Colorado, then moved to California for most of his early school years. He returned to Colorado for college where he graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends who will never forget his sweet spirit, kind nature and sense of humor. He was a hard worker and worked to achieve many goals in his short time in this world. At one point he was ranked 22nd high school football punter in the United States. He is survived by his mother Stephanie Kendall, step-father Bill and brother Robbie Knight of Loma Rica, California, his Grandmother Kathy Engle and Aunt Natalie Clayton of Colorado, his Grandmother Roberta Knight and her companion Ben Frazee of Slator, Mossouri, Grandfather Larry Kendall of Dana Point, California, and Aunt Rhonda Weiss and Uncle Carl Weiss of Pine Island Minnesota along with many more aunts, uncles and cousins. Ryan was preceded in death by his beloved Father Dr. Robert Knight as well as his Grandfather Ronald Knight. We all love you so very much and our world was a brighter place because of your light.

This will be a little long but I'm feeling a strong urge to make a post about depression and pay tribute to my brother.

You are lost, stranded underground. You're forced to dig to freedom but you can't tell which way is up or down. You begin your digging, hoping that it will eventually lead to the surface. You go on for days, digging in one direction. With each attempt, you bore into the earth hoping that there is light on the other side only to find there is just more dirt. With each moment you separate the earth only to find more dirt, your hope drains a little each time. Eventually you begin to doubt yourself. For all you know you could just be digging yourself deeper underground, worsening your situation. You convince yourself to start digging in another direction. After a few days you begin to lose hope that this direction is even the right direction, so you change course again. This goes on for weeks to months to years. Eventually, you begin to doubt the very possibility of freedom. For all you know there could be no surface, no light.

Depression is ultimately a solo battle. An ongoing struggle where the strength to keep going is the objective and the enemy is yourself. Each time you succeed in finding the strength to move forward your next attempt gets harder. It's a seemingly endless battle that no one can fight for you.

I've been there before, I know how it feels. To those of you struggling with depression right now, I can say with absolute certainty that there is a way to beat it, but it takes multiple steps. There is no 'one' solution to depression because doing just one thing differently, changing just one lifestyle isn't enough. You need to be brave enough to change many things in your life and you need to be brave enough to change yourself. Don't ever give up, you're better than that and you know it. Suicide isn't the answer because it doesn't solve anything, it just passes the struggle onto the next person. If your demons are truly as big as you think they are then imagine the strength you'll have in life after you beat it.

I love you Ryan, rest in peace,
Robbie Knight

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12114 Grant Circle Thornton 80241 CO
United States

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