When ambition meets PTSD

When ambition meets PTSD, we are forced to customize our lives.

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 deciding to write this post, I thought about my internal conflict that rages inside: a battle between my hopes and dreams, and how impactful PTSD is on my desire to see them through. You see, when ambition meets PTSD, it creates an entirely new set of mentally mind-blowing angst to fight with.

If I were asked to sum this up in one word, what the cornerstone of this entire battle is, it would be uncertainty. I literally have no idea what my future looks like going forward. However, despite this, I am not deterred from trying to figure it out.

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Okay, so I may have days when thinking about the future is a huge deterrent and I may greet a day or two when the battle to find meaning and purpose is too overwhelming. Even so, when met with this internal confrontation, I simply crawl back into bed and hit the rest button – a reboot that on average takes around twenty-four hours. I’m an old, worn model, so maybe that’s why it takes so long.

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While I may “shut down” from time to time, I don’t let this deter me either. So, what, if I need a day, I take a day; heck, I’ve even taken two. I just never let the dark own my entire week, month or even year. I do after all have ambition, albeit under two tons of mental heavy metal.

I know that you know the struggle and I also know that you never planned for your life to go sideways like an eighteen-wheeler on black ice, but it has. So, now what? The question now becomes, what do you have to do to get past it?

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Oftentimes, this question can a tough one to answer. However, I try my best to simplify it. Fundamentally, we can do one of two things. We can 1) do nothing – not an option for an ambitious fella like me. Or, we can fight like hell to regain a life that, admittedly, will never be the one you once knew but nonetheless can still be something great. Either way, keep digging until you find your what drives you.

It’s for this reason that life can be something great. that both you and I should endeavour to fight for that “something great”. For at the end of the day, when ambition meets PTSD or any other mental health condition for that matter, we still have a choice of where to put the energy we have, right? What’s key here, is making sure we customize our journey, so we can set ourselves so we may live again.

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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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