I shall fight on for my future

I shall fight on for my future, day by day, hour by hour – and if I must, moment by moment.

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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Throughout my mental wellness journey, I have told myself that even if I have to crawl down the road to mental wellness, that’s what I shall do. And for as long as I have been going one-on-one with my own mind, I have always had a certain amount of determination.

Even now, I remain optimistic. Hopeful that I will one day live a life that is much more pain-free than what I am experiencing today.

However, it seems that at this juncture it would be premature to put away all the coping tools that I have at my disposal and say, “This is as good as it gets.”

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Unfortunately, in recent months, I found myself backing out of my own plan to forge ahead. This of course, defeats my intent to re-introduce myself into the public domain. And as if that weren’t bad enough, I have felt an undertone of anger and rage. Perhaps it’s the pandemic starting to wear me down? I don’t know – I think it may be coming to be too much.

While I believe this relapse to be real, what I know to be just as true, is this: “I shall fight on for my future. Even though mental illness may knock me to my knees at times, I still get back to my feet.

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 Not only will I continue to fight on for as long as it takes – I know I will win many battles, and with these victories will come periods of happiness and normality. To me, their duration is irrelevant; what is most important is that I make the best of them while they last.

Furthermore, I decided quite some time ago, that I would do my utmost to ensure that I don’t self-sabotage my moments of happiness. I could easily do this by becoming fixated on when the good times will end, rather than just living for the moment through mindfulness.

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Lastly, I shall fight for my future by continuing to do my best to focus on the moment. Because when you think of it, the past is an accumulation of everything that you have learned, and the future is uncertain. Therefore, it only leaves this very moment in time. The present is truly all we have. It’s this very fact that allows me to fight on, to not give up. I understand that ruminating on my mental pain prevents me from squeezing as much “happy” out of this life as I possibly can.

I truly believe that we are all more than what we think we are; we have the potential to be much better human beings and can experience happiness through purpose, action, and tenacity.

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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