And I did, pretty much, and I was perfectly fine - until suddenly I wasn't.
There were redundancy problems at work; my marriage was showing strains; and there was something large and unnameable missing from my life.
To keep your partner interested with you (and meet more partners in the process), you need to be creative with your language.
Pro-suicide websites and chat rooms have been implicated in the deaths of at least 16 young people in the UK in the past few years.
"I had no idea that these sites existed before the death of my son.
Mr Kelly is determined to help stop others suffering the same fate: "I'm looking to prevent future sorrows and tragedies.
One of the victims was Simon Kelly, an 18-year-old with no apparent problems, or so his parents thought.
They returned home from a holiday to discover that their son had hanged himself.
People will continue to die as the result of suicide chat rooms unless something is done." Simon is one of many young people whose deaths have been linked to suicide websites in recent years the most recent was a 13-year-old girl in Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire.
I was a latecomer to counselling, having previously considered therapy a largely American pursuit. By the time I reached that landmark age, without children and in a marriage that was beginning to lose its fairytale glow, my daily life was beginning to feel not unlike a soap opera.