You are more than you think you are

You are more than you think you are and all you have to do to prove it to yourself is pick something and learn, learn, learn.

Many of us, myself included, drastically underestimate ourselves. Whether facing the day-to-day struggles of mental illness or not, many of us do this. But are we more than we know? I mean, have you ever asked yourself, “What am I actually capable of?”

Well, what are you capable of? Don’t worry – if you’re not sure, that’s okay. Maybe it would be helpful to look at this question, not as a stressful one, but rather, with the answer you come up with that can be an exciting adventure.

What’s more exciting than that, is the prospect of having many answers. See, in this context, each question can be a potentially exciting adventure.

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Firstly though, one must come up with something that can help challenge themselves. But Jonathan, what the heck can it be? Well, anything really – from the hidden passion you’ve had for years, to taking a cooking class. It doesn’t matter; just pick something.

See, that’s the beauty of maximizing our potential – the options to do so are endless. Below is a list of ideas to get you started.

  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Take a martial arts class
  • Grab a partner and take a dancing class
  • Restore a classic car or antique piece of furniture.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  • Seek self-improvement through meditation, exercise, Yoga and so on.
  • Learn to write a Book

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No one


grows while remaining idle.”

Jonathan Arenburg – Author of The Road To Mental Wellness

While we are many, and many of us have mental illness; we can, nevertheless, thrive in our own way. And even though we may have limited energy; we still get to choose where we put it. Nothing is more evident to me of this fact than the #mentalhealthadvocates I work with.

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While there are many others out there making a difference, what’s most amazing about them all is this: every one of them has learned that they are much more than they knew. Despite having BDP, PTSD, or depression, they are doing what they can.

Yet, how did they come to know their potential? I suspect that they all took different paths to get where they are, but I think they are givers – those with a desire to minimize suffering and stigma. So, they allowed the fire in their belly to give them the strength to realize that “Hey, something needs to be done and I am going to do my part.”

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Moreover, we benefit from answering the questions that arise because of our convictions. Like the decision to become a voice for the mentally ill for example, you can find something that helps you grow. Again, just pick something.

You are more than you think you are and all you have to do to prove it to yourself is pick something and learn, learn, learn.

For instance, when I take on a new cause or project, the question I often ask myself is, “What do I have to do to make it happen?” Worry not, my friends, if you’re drawing a blank when you ask yourself this question. Research will always help answer it. If all else fails, live on the wild side and pick the first random thing and get googling.

So, for example, ” I want to become a mental-health blogger. So then, what do I need to get started?” Whatever you chose, it should always start like in the image below.

Google search bar and results that say, what do I need to start a Blog? You are more than you think you are
This question is the start of your brand-new journey and thus a step to realizing that you are more than you think you are.

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And there you have it! Regardless of what you chose to take on, you will grow and learn. Not only, that you’ll learn that you are more than you think you are. Who knows, maybe you’ll latch on to a whole new life. Looking back, you will see that

your potential is larger than life.

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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