I am someone who has experienced priest sexual abuse, manic depression (bipolar), suicide attempts, destruction of my professional career, incarceration and fought the long road back. Through my struggles and the darkest of days, in a place where no one should ever be, I decided I had two choices, either end my life or tell my story. I am telling my story to help others.
You move on, I have redefined the definition of resilience, so I am told, achieved redemption and now look back at the past as the foundation on which to pursue the future and help as many people as I can with my story.
You never forget. Recent events like Robin Williams suicide take you right back. At the time I wrote;
In the end Robin Williams' eyes reflected the emptiness he was feeling. The disconnect with the world. I have been there, unsuccessful, and you do what you need to do to carry on, find purpose, a reason to be here, perhaps a new path to embrace.
My daughter said to me, maybe it was a mistake, maybe he didn't really want to do it. I thought to myself, yes he did.
Out of madness comes creativity. Robin Williams had a greatness in his craft. An ability to make us all laugh, when he was crying inside.
While this is a difficult time for everyone, especially those of us suffering from depression who are scared by this. we must remember the gift he gave us. The laughter, the fun, the ability to put our own day to day troubles aside, and laugh.
He was selfless in his giving, when at times he probably had nothing left to give. Let's remember him at his best.
Laugh today, love today, hug today, because God knows, there is someone near to you, or a total stranger who needs it.
Help me reach others.
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