As Long As I Can See The Beauty

As long as I can see the beauty that surrounds me, I believe I can keep going.

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

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When I was young, I mistakenly believed that life was going to be a relatively straight path. I mean, don’t we all? After all, we are told from a very early age. We are told to find a career we love, get educated for it and then, boom! Life happens. What’s next? Well, not too far down the road, we find the person Disney tells us we will live with happily ever after.

While this may be true for some, for many of us, we look at this in retrospect and say: “What a load of crap.” Nonetheless, most of us follow the path society conditions us for. The trouble is, we fail to give any thought into one very important and crucial fact: life is equal parts painful.

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The belief that adulthood is the promised fairytale land is, in my opinion, the driver that makes life’s actual reality so much more difficult. How do we defend ourselves from something we weren’t prepared for?

I am also inclined to believe that being slapped around by the painful realization that life can cut you deep, can make us more susceptible to mental illness. Man, life’s so much harder than one is led to believe, No wonder we are sick

Unfortunately for some, mental-health disorders seem to be more intense. I feel like, from my experience, which being blindsided by mental pain is made worse by the lack of resilience.

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I have reached this conclusion simply because if we don’t have the mental tools at our disposal to deal with the harsher realities in life, we tend not to have strength to draw from to deal with them.

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So, speaking for myself, I never imagined that I would end up with post-traumatic stress disorder, not for one second of my life. But sadly, PTSD and I have become constant travel companions down this road of life.

Because I bought into the idea that life was predetermined and more or less a template for us all, dealing with the symptoms of mental illness have been much more excruciating and thereby so much tougher than I ever would have imagined.

It’s safe to say that the lack of resilience was certainly part of the problem. My strong sense of denial also played a major role. These two factors have both contributed to my demise and thus this has spun my life out of control and into the realm of disability.

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I guess the proper question here is “What’s the damage?” I have rightfully concluded that it has added time on to my sentence towards recovery. While this is most certainly the Fate I’ve been handed, as long as I can see the beauty that surrounds me every day, I know that I will survive. I am fortunate to live in a very beautiful part of the world and each path I take here renews my sense of purpose and commitment to my healing. I shall see the end of the road to mental wellness.

It is my hope that you will also be able to find the beauty that surrounds you. No matter how tiny it may be, it is still strong enough to lift the heart and cleanse the soul. All you have to do is look for it. It’s all around you to be found.

As long as I can see the beauty all around me, I believe that I will be okay”.

Jonathan Arenburg.

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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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