Want to waste your life? Then just act like everything’s fine.

I am a better actor than Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro rolled into one. For 35-years, I lived with a debilitating mental illness while turning up to work every day without saying a word or showing a chink in my armour.

Same goes for my social life.

It was exhausting. As was my illness. Combine the two, and there was barely enough left in the battery to get to and from work each day. As for finding the energy to actually enjoy life, forget it.

The thing is, I was doing this in the 80’s, 90’s and 2,000’s, yet people are still doing it today. Two-thirds of people who suffer from mental illness never say a word.

I know there are a host of reasons why this is so, but I also know there is an excellent reason why it shouldn’t be. It’s called Life.

For 25-years, I failed to make the most of mine. Don’t ever do that to yourself. Or to someone you think may not be travelling well. Either way, reach out.

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