Life is a very long and generally fun learning experience. Some of life’s important lessons, however, aren’t fun to learn. Many of the topics which I know a lot about came into my awareness because of circumstances out of my control. For example, last winter I learned a lot about the intricacies of first-party insurance claims, and along with that came a boatload of knowledge regarding a specific type of heavy duty vehicle suspension. My idea of a fun winter wasn’t learning about contracts of adhesion and automotive welding, but life dished and I dealt.
More recently, life taught me some hard lessons about people. In the process I learned a lot about myself. I had been in a really difficult situation and it was only getting worse. I took some necessary distance from it, which allowed me the perspective I needed to realize how bad it actually was. I got help and I got out. I worked hard. It wasn’t fun. It hurt. Right now though, I am stronger than I have been at any point in the last two years. Not only that, but I have a new passion: mental health awareness and advocacy.
I want to share with you some of what I discovered. I want to do that because it has helped me grow as a person and I think that it can help anyone who is willing to put in the work. There is no reason why anyone should have to go through what I did in order to reap the rewards.
Learning can be wonderfully fun – particularly when it occurs on your own terms. I am enjoying the journey of discovery and understanding that I am currently on. My thoughts are not set in stone. As you read my upcoming posts, please feel free to share your stories and thoughts. Also, I want you to tell me when you think that I am wrong – as well as why. I am open to change.
With that said, I invite you to come along with me as I explore a variety of topics about the human experience, with a general focus on how to be a good person and how to live a good life. The subject is very broad, and I am excited to write about it.
Note: I will be writing about some pretty heavy topics and experiences. They include abuse, mental illness, sexuality, and suicide. If you want to keep your head in the sand about those things, I suggest that you stop reading a few posts after this one. Be further warned, however, that keeping your head in the sand is a surefire way to get shafted in life.
Up Next: The B-word, and how it will keep you safe.