How Supercars and Mental Illness Are Alike

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How supercars and mental illness are alike…the perfect analogy? Read on to find out what I mean.

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At first glance, you may not see how a supercar can be used as the perfect analogy for how mental illness impacts our daily lives.

Because I am a lover of all things cars, it’s easy for me to see just how well these high-end, fine-tuned machines work when attempting to explain the mental pain.

Supercars, like that of the Bugatti Chiron, are built for one thing and one thing only, speed. With a top speed of approximately 300mph, 482kmph, it is the roadrunner on steroids. I know, mind-blowing, right? Perhaps just as amazing is that when pushed at top speed, this amazing piece of engineering will run out of fuel in approximately twelve minutes; basically, it’s all about fun over fuel efficiency.

I oftentimes hit the wall and spin out of control.

Now that you have some car knowledge, I can explain how supercars and mental illness are alike. From my own experience, I kind of feel like I’m always going three-hundred miles an hour. Sound familiar? This is especially true inside my head. Maybe you can relate…?

Furthermore, when my mind is racing from anxiety, it depletes my mental fuel in what feels like the same amount of time as the Chiron. In other words, I lack the longevity needed to go the distance.

And like that of these speed demons, I feel like I’m always in danger of hitting the wall and spinning into a mental-health crisis. It must be said that I am nothing like that of the driver because I can’t put the dangers out of my mind and just go for it! Therefore, my triggers win the day.

The Chiron and I are equipped with a small gas tank and no reserve.

Interestingly, when I think about it, my goal is to stop being the car and work on becoming the driver. Professional drivers train to focus and condition their reaction time in order to keep from hitting the wall. Essentially, they must learn to be always in the present.

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Are you now seeing how supercars and mental illness are alike? I think the takeaway from this analogy is this: although mental illness, like that of a supercar, accelerates quickly (PTSD triggers) and exhausts all its fuel (mental energy), one can use the driver as their inspiration to beat their mental-health condition.

Getting down the road to mental wellness requires dedication, discipline and being present – all the skills a great driver and a mental-health warrior must-have in order to keep on track.

While this is true, the road is long, and the journey is gruelling. Despite this, we can make our lives better. My friends, there is hope. Learning mindfulness, seeking help from a mental health professional and sometimes medication will put you in the driver’s seat putting you in control of your destiny.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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