I’ve loved watching Anthony Bourdain’s Food Travel shows.
Those dark bleak days when alone parenting my child, struggling with depression, and hopelessness. I’d switch on the TV to watch Anthony’s No Reservations. My son and I would forget our worries and be lost in the fascinating world of different foods in exotic places.
We did not travel to any exotic places, but my son and I have had some fun memories of eating in small, cheap places on our travels where the food was interesting.
Thanks to Anthony Bourdain he made eating even in the ordinary places glamorous and exciting.
Hearing about Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has felt like a personal loss.
And that he leaves behind a young daughter makes me feel doubly sad.
Couldn’t the thought of his little daughter stopped him from taking this drastic step?
Struggling through years of abuse, suicide was just a thought away. Even though I’ve never got down to it. There were times I seriously thought of doing it. But somehow I managed to ride the wave of pain to hope. Believing there is a solution down the road. And thus I have been pushing myself to overcome the waves of sadness and despair.
Moreover, since becoming a mother, even in my most hopeless times, the thought my son alone was pain that overcame every other pain.
Psychotherapist Kristin Barton Cuthriell, in her book The Snowball Effect, explains how to ride through difficult emotions
Emotions are temporary. They do pass. Sometimes we just need to be able to ride the wave and resist the urge to do anything at all. When an upsetting event occurs, if we can just stop for a moment, identify the emotions that we are feeling, accept them without judging them, and remind ourselves that they will pass, we may find the courage to endure them for a little while. Read more...
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