Been reading alot today about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade was such a powerful Badass. Anthony Bourdain was a great man and the world is a sadder, emptier place without them. Sadly, I dont know much about Kate, but our family watch Anthony all the time. Those who loved his writings and documentaries appreciated his authenticity and how he embraced life in all of its tragic beauty and wonder. It's exactly his love of life that makes today more confusing and heartbreaking. Like all of us, Tony Bourdain wrestled with his share of demons and like all us he looked for avenues to channel his eccentric passions to win those battles. He was amazing.
It's weird using the word "was" to talk about him. I don't know the details surrounding his death except that he took his own life. For whatever reason, he reached a point where ending his life seemed like the best possible solution and now those who enjoyed him and felt a connection are left to grieve a much less-interesting world. It's heartbreaking.
Mental health is an issue that our country is grappling with now more than ever. I'm not turning this into a political post or throwing shade at certain people because Anthony sought to find issues that united us instead of dividing us. I will honor him by trying to do the same. But we need to learn to accept help and resources when we struggle. We need to people listen and not judge. We need to help and not be condescending.
I have come through some very dark places in my own life and it was only my faith and the support of friends and family that helped me make it. I was fortunate to have outlets for my anger and pain. I exercised and poured myself into my business and was blessed to have an entire community to stand with me and help me through. I do not take this for granted and know the power of love I felt from my peers and coaches. Not everyone has something like this.
We are amazing at hiding our feelings and keeping others at bay if we don't want them to know what we are going through. Don't be this way. Yell, run, scream, dance, write, sob... But reach out and let someone know what you are going through. The world lost one great person today so we can't afford to lose anymore.
If you or someone you know needs help, call (800) 273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741741 to access free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.
Im a 44 year old Mom taking charge of her health and who's passionate about helping you live your healthiest, happiest life.