Life is all about falling down 8 times and getting up 9 times…

Life is all about falling down 8 times and getting up 9 times…

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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.

5 Responses to Life is all about falling down 8 times and getting up 9 times…

  1. Barb says:

    Soooo, you are so very human! I knew it! Just teasin buddy, I am sad too for loss of friends and illnesses that occur. I wish I could give you a big hug but I know you are so bang on with being open about such sensitive stuff. Many of us have learned the hard way, by keeping it bottled, it prevents lasting health physically, spiritually and emotionally.

    It’s the words of my bestie who knows very well, “life is beautiful and very difficult”.
    I learned so much from those simple words. So, scream, sob, remember and laugh too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with a very stern yet skilled surgeon who has arrived to work his magic on this cranky left knee.:)
    Good on ya handsome, love nhugz, peace out, BBrown

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Very well said Eric. The more we talk about depression, the less power it has over us. Take the time to mourn, and remember your friend as he was, and how he has changed your life. Grieving is a long slow process, don’t rush through it.


  3. Kathy says:

    Hi Eric- it is our secrets that make us sick. Thank you for shedding the light on struggles that we have all faced at one time or another. My thoughts and prayers are with you :)

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