It was July of 2022 when I was attending a VIP coaching day with Steph Tuss and David Neagle of Life Is Now Inc. I was giving them the backstory of my life, trying to help uncover “the thing” that has been plaguing me for years of my life.
I found the answer I was looking for here, at The Hoffman Process…
I was on a call with a VP the other day who was stuck in a bad headspace.
She has been burning the candle at both ends to make sure the company and her team keeps moving forward, while ignoring her own wellbeing.
During our call, we began discussing why she had let things get so bad and more importantly I asked her “How long will you wait?”.
And she replied, “Wait for what?”.
I said, “Until you hit the intolerable red line”…
Recently, I visited a spinal cord injury facility here in New Zealand and saw a flyer on the wall for what’s called the “Disability Iceberg”.
It’s quite amazing as it provides a visual representation of the varying ways we may typically “see” people with disabilities.
In this case it’s referencing a Quadriplegic, Paraplegic, and Walking SCI Person (as I am) and I thought this model is quite the example as we consider how we can be more empathetic towards others with what hidden challenges people may be dealing with…
Today, there is a lot of discussion happening in Canada surrounding the topic of M.A.I.D – Medical Assistance in Dying.
There is controversy around how this is a dangerous, slippery slope in the realm of people who struggle with mental health issues.
There is controversy around who this is for, how this is being presented, what the moral considerations are, how this affects different cultural and religious beliefs, and much more.
Many serious conversations are to be had for some very practical reasons.
Personally, I have experienced suicide within my family from three very different perspectives.
My father committed suicide in 2007. I was suicidal in 2008 and 2015, but am still here, and my grandmother, “GG”, just passed away in October 2022 by M.A.I.D.
Each scenario came by its own unique situation with individual factors to consider. Given the depth of my experience, I hope that by sharing my story I can help bring another perspective to help people understand what a mental health journey can look like, as well as when, in my opinion, ending one’s life may seem appropriate…
Change is constant.
Especially in the world we live in today, there seems to be little certainty in what tomorrow will look like, let alone next week.
Fear creeps in, and before we know it, we feel like we have lost control, find ourselves stuck and unable to move forward…