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Looking back through the sands of time, I can very vividly recall the days when I could plow through life like a tank on a battlefield. I’ve traditionally been one of those, always keep types; yes, I was unstoppable. Because of this, I feel proud that I had once been a perpetual motion machine; It was as though I was built with the world’s longest-lasting battery; I must concede, however, that this in which I am so proud, has ultimately ended up causing my demise. Or has it? All I know is that we have the power to choose.

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Now, I spend a lot of days feeling like a shadow of my former self. I am far from that energetic and “always-on” guy I once was. While this is sadly true, I, at the same time, never asked to be in these shoes, I nonetheless find them on my feet. So, I must figure out a way to walk in them with, customize my life for success and proudly hold my head up high.

With that said, I’d like to tell you that life is something that you can manipulate to your will, that you have full control over; however, if I were to tell you that, it would be a lie. In reality, exterior forces can bring our best-laid plans to a screeching halt So, if you find yourself walking in a similar set of shoes, let’s walk this road to mental wellness together. Remember, while we can’t control what the world throws at us, we have the power to choose.

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As much as I am working to rediscover myself, I still grieve for the fully functional young man that seemingly had the world by the tail. But, in saying that, I am not naive enough to think that I will ever be that energetic man again. And that’s ok, it has to be.

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Despite this fact, does this mean life is over? My answer has to be, absolutely not! Our world is full of people who pursued hopes and dreams only to have them dashed by life-altering events; events way beyond their control.

Yet, there are tons of individuals living and alternate life; not only are they getting by, but they are also thriving. Why? Well, I think the answer lies within their understanding; an understanding that life is more than just focusing on occupational success. I mean, when you think about it; defining career as something that makes up you in your entirety is equivalent to tunnel vision.

But rather, they define success in more holistic terms. By that I mean that they understand, that love for family and friends is part of that equation; that passion is more than a paycheque and these motivators will give them the strength to pursue other aspirations.

Indeed, we can pursue new dreams.

Alas, for some, life will always be viewed in black and white and as a result, may never be able to see past their tragic redirection; but for others, their desire to start anew will eventually be seen in vibrant HD. Regardless of how we see what qualifies as successful, there is in fact, many more beautiful things in life, tons of different directions to go in.

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Finally, we can think of it this way. Yes, for some, life has steeped in the way of their dreams and yes, there is a period when we need time to grieve for the loss of our initial dream it but at the same time, we must also persevere; we come to see that there is an abundance of opportunity, even in the darkest moments.

So, let us tackle mental illness head-on! Let’s rise form the ruble and do more than get by; let’s find a way to live! After all, we have the power to choose.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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