I too, like the rest of the world was shocked to learn about the death of Anthony Bourdain this past Friday. He was the epitome of a wandering and curious soul who took his raw and real personality to the international stage.
Engaging with humanity is an essential key to living a healthy and full life. Nowhere does that become more evident than when people gather around a table anywhere in the world to break bread and partake in joyful banter. When I reflect back at the times where I have had those surge of gratitude moments have been around a table surrounded by friends and family …simply and purely immersed in that moment.
“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.” — Anthony Bourdain
Depression is real whether it’s situational or clinical/chemical. Suicides are up 25 percent in the last 20 years here in the U.S….Social media bridges communication but it also, isolates and may even ignite further depression when you get to view someone’s “perfect” life. I have known people who have struggled with it openly and others who do but try to hide it by isolating/detaching themselves from the world. We are too quick to judge these days and empathy for others seems to be at a low generally.
The importance of having your wingman, wingwoman or tribe is so critical in today’s ebb and flow of life. We have all had a meet and greet with the D word at some point in our lifetime…. a smile, joyful laughter or hug can be healing when you feel like the rug has been pulled from under your feet.
Let us take lessons from all of this shocking loss that has transpired the past few weeks to walk through the streets a little more gently, myself included. There could be someone who looks fine on the outside but is dying within…that hello, mindless banter, hug, laugh could be someone’s lifeline. At a minimum, it is teaching us that talking about depression is no longer a stigma but a necessity….
Until Next Time My Lovelies.