• Nomi Bachar

Depression: The Life Killer (saying goodbye to Anthony Bourdain)

I am very familiar with the feeling of depression.

My father's journey is one of many depression stories that happen all too often. He was a war veteran who was shattered physically and mentally by the experience. He was depressed for a great part of his life. I remember him locked in his room for hours and days. Solemn and silent, he never expressed his feelings other than bursts of dark suicidal rage. He could not sleep, haunted by nightmares, had no friends, and suffered all the symptoms of severe depression, the feelings of worthlessness, self-blame, hopelessness, and no desire to live.

As a little girl, my father frightened me. Only later, I understood his inner turmoil and his tremendous suffering. Later in life, my father found his connection to a higher power and that his when he started to move out of his depression, very slowly and tediously, he fought for his life. I have tremendous respect and admiration for him. Pulling himself out of his hopeless, dark heartbreak, he timidly, hesitantly joined the living.

Anthony Bourdain is one of my favorite people.

His travels exposed me to places I would never want to go to physically, but wanted to visit mentally and spiritually. He was tasting for me, foods I would never want to eat (being vegetarian, gluten free, soy free, and almost all things free). He was an ambassador of the world. I could never guess, that underneath his adventurous bon vivant appearance, there was such deep turmoil. I am so very sad to see him go. He was an inspiration.

Nowadays, depression is maybe more prevalent than ever... is the tendency to hide and cover it with substances, status, money, fame, and other crutches. We are missing stories of depression right before our eyes. Depression is a very tough opponent. To fight it, we need all the help we can get, all the dedication we can muster. The key is acknowledging our own depression stories and actively striving to recover.

Are we not here in this live to learn to face up, love, accept, and understand ourselves?

Are we not here to do whatever we can to heal, nurture, and truly empower ourselves?

Are we not here to learn from our brokenness and create it into our contribution?

Why are we here?

What are we doing to support our wellbeing and transform our suffering into a meaningful journey?

There are many tools available to us, many healing paths, Gates of Power® Program is one of them.

Please know that you do not have to suffer alone or in silence. Reach out and give yourself the support that you need to overcome…

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