Right now I seem to be on a bit of an “It’s OK….” theme. Last time I talked about how it’s OK to say No, and today I’d like to remind you of another important thing heroes need to remember: it’s OK to ask for help.
As a former elite level athlete and someone who suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury, I can tell you all about what it takes to achieve both physical and mental wellness. While I am not a qualified medical professional, I do know a few things about the subject of resilience after all I’ve been through.
One of my favourite sayings is “be the HERO in your own movie”. You might think that to be a hero, you always have to push yourself to the limit, to always say “Yes!” to challenges. Because that’s what a hero does right? A hero always answers “the call.”
The reality is a true hero sometimes says “No.”
Last week I read this article which stated that there are more first responder deaths by suicide than there are from those who died in the line of duty.
That is staggering to hear.
I have the pleasure of being friends with several police officers. The stories they share sometimes about their experiences can be unfathomable. They see the worst of the worst and have to go home, pretend everything is ok, and live with those memories.
When I spoke for the Ontario Provincial Police in Collingwood in 2016 for their Mental Health Symposium, it was heavy listening to other stories. One of the other speakers was Dr. Bobby Smith, a Louisiana State Trooper who was shot in the face and blinded in the line of duty.
I originally wrote this back in May of last year, but it’s been so popular that it’s clearly something that people want to hear more about, so I am posting again in the hopes that it can help more people who are suffering with depression, or who are starting to see some signs of depression in themselves.
If you don’t have time to watch the video or read the full article, this is the key takeaway: If you can commit to changing one thing about your life that you’re not happy with, one step at a time, you are owning your situation, and making a personal decision to improve on it.
Ever since the day I broke my back I have not been able to run properly.
If you see me try, I tend to think that I look like a broken gazelle trying to run, or that I look like I am running in slow motion, but in real-time.
Since I never enjoyed running prior to my motocross accident that left me a paraplegic in 2006, I never made it a priority to try and run again.