Saturday, December 13, 2008

Run, fat boy, Run

As it gets close to the start of a new year my mind starts to ponder what I will do next year, this time last year I had no idea I would be sitting here doing this. To give you an idea of where I was last year, I had been off work with stress and panic attacks for over 3 months, the job I was had been in for 3 years was just too hard for me to cope with. Unfortunately this was just the job I had to go back to as the unions advice was that it would be better in that department than out of it (they were right). Given my state of mind I was starting to think I would never work again, as the job I could do was beyond me ability to cope, and to even think of trying something new just made me feel worst. Physically I was drinking too much and well over weight and not getting any real exercise. My whole mind set was that I was doomed and would never reach any higher than I had.
The change, when it happened, was unremarkable. I just decided I was going to do something; I was going to start running. It sounds silly now, but that 5 min run probably save my life, although it nearly killed me at the time. Once I started the challenge and started to see I could master something, I became stronger and more able to face other tasks, like starting back to work, taking photos and sorting out areas of my life and self that were limiting my growth.




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11 comments:

caro said...

Its good that you recognise your achievements.

Lola said...

Hey, Brett. Been a bit too busy to comment recently, but term has finished now.

My other half is not quite in the state you describe, but it's pretty severe. Nothing you can do for him, of course, but I thought I'd tell you that just knowing that someone has got through it is helpful for me.

He hasn't found the thing that will save him. Yet. I hope he will find it soon.

Polergirl said...

Brilliant Brett. Hold that thought and if you ever find yourself slipping back to that dark place, you know that you will get through it. This blog proves you can do anything! Keep it up.

Lisa B said...

great post and I'm so glad it all worked out, visiting your blog I'd think you'd been doing all this for years :). The image is so appropriate too.

wontletlifedefineme said...

It's great that you managed to pull yourself back up like that! It's a great skill to have in life.

Kendie said...

Congratulations on having the courage to take the first step. May your courage and hope grow in the year to come.
I really like this photo

Isunia said...

Great post. It's comforting to know that "after a rainy day there will eventually be sunny one" and that someone has experieced it. When all comes around it is all about attitude. I will keep that in mind :)

Daisy said...

Really uplifting thoughts there. You did well. I really want to do that for myself as well, start running or really committing to something like that. New Year is such a hard time to make the change though- I might try and do it when it's a bit warmer!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

It seems most of us hit the wall eventually and have to reevaluate our lives, our direction. I congratulate you on taking that first step which obviously sent you sprinting in the right direction. Well done!

Sunny said...

I'm looking at the same landscape through my window now. It's beautiful!

It is wonderful to know that someone far far away is overlooking a similar landscape, isn't it.

Suburbia said...

This is a strange time of year, it is making me think about where I will be this time next year too. Quite unnerving, but, as you have said, also unpredictable. I'm glad you have had such a positive year Brett.

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