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Sometimes, I like to think of myself as a character in a video game. Why? Because I’ve had my life slide through to the realm of the unknown, only to be respawned to life once more.
Of course, this isn’t reality in its truest sense. I nonetheless find it a good analogy for the ups and downs that are my adult life. I’m willing to guess that your life has periods of chaos…?
So then, let me explain. Mental illness has been my unwanted travel companion for years. While this is certainly true of my adult life, I have a sneaky suspicion that the same is also true of my childhood.
What’s worse, is the impact this unwanted man in my mind has had on my overall well-being. Its done best to sabotage any attempts I have made to live a life of stability and peace.
Life anew, again.
Sadly, my life has had little peace. Between my interior struggles and the exterior world that fuel my traumatic experiences, my life has been re-spawned several times. Hence, the video game analogy. I have fallen, only to rise again.
From relationship failures to multiple leaves from work – including the last leave that has landed me where I am today, diagnosed with PTSD and living on workers’ compensation – I have seen many aspects of my life wither and die. Similarly, I have also had multiple rebirth.
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While it would be inaccurate to blame it solely on my mental-health conditions, it is, nonetheless, the principal villain in my story – responsible for the several reboots I have had to make. Because of it, I have had several disruptions to my stability and peace.
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On the positive side, my comebacks, while temporary, have been triumphant. Filled with long periods of peace and stability. I keep making a comeback because of my unwavering philosophical approach: “Do whatever you have to, to get it done.”
Mental health healing requires action.
For instance, when I took my initial stress leave from work, I transformed my lifestyle to better manage my anxiety disorder. I put down the chips and adopted a healthy eating lifestyle; I got off the couch and hit the pavement running. Doing what I had to do moved me from the land of dysfunction and back to the land of the living.
While I have stumbled and falled many more times in my life, I, like the main character in a video game, was re-spawned into the game of life and just kept plugging away to beat the game. You can too… Just keep moving forward. You will eventually find your peace and stability.
Check out the book I helped to write:
Lemonade Stand: Vol. III
Created by Josh Rivedal and Kathleen Myre, Lemonade Stand: Vol. III is a compilation of 20 stories from those who have served in the emergency services and the military. In it, the authors talk about their battles with PTSD, a debilitating and for many, a life-long mental illness. So, if you are from the military or emergency services, perhaps this book can help you combat the feelings of isolation and fear that frequently come with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes, just knowing that there are others out there, just like you, can provide you with the strength and courage to speak up and or get the help you need. The intention of this book is to help with that…. You’re not alone.
Also, Lemonade Stand: Vol III was written to help combat the stigma that often accompanies mental illness – and best of all, it attempts to give all who served their countries and communities a voice… Which is amazing!
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