I wish life was all about puppy dogs and unicorns. Well maybe it is for some of you but from what I’ve learned getting older and wiser, it’s not. And for some reasons we shy away from most topics that are not sunny or always pleasant.
I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but I wanted to get a few things off my chest. I had a good friend pass away last week. It still hasn’t sunk in. He was a bundle of joy but I guess we didn’t know some of the demons he was fighting.
It’s very rare we hear the raw stories behind the stories, especially if it’s less than perfect. If you had a bad race, you’re probably less likely to blast it all over social media. I get it that we want the best version of us being projected.
The good thing is that it’s a bit less taboo to talk about tough stuff now. I still think it’s not easy for men especially to talk about mental issues and depression in particular. Partly it’s our macho ways and partly it’s our DNA. We’ve been trained to move on and carry on.
I admitted to struggling with depression issues in the fall during the #BellLetsTalkDay. It wasn’t easy and a bit scary but I thought it was best for me to be truthful and hopefully make someone else feel normal. Since then a lot of my friends and acquaintances have come forward to say they feel the same way. So it’s pretty normal then!
Wellness to me is all about the balance of it all. All aspects of physical fitness, and mental aspects as well.
Keep that in mind!
P.S. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Robbie McHugh. For those who haven’t seen it, there is a link to a memorial page.