Deciding What to do with My Brain, Time, and Writing
I am such a a rabid idealist - like my dad - that it's hard for me to accept when other people are not. Therefore, seven years in to advocacy it has finally dawned on me that I can continue to learn, preach, and write about illness and postvention exclusively and begging people to care, or I can turn my mind to lighter things.
Not lighter things exactly, because resilience is not easy by any stretch. I have been curious about why I am resilient yet my daughter was not. I have been curious about whether each person has a tipping point toward death from despair, and if that tipping point can be determinedly strengthened - or if it's set in stone.
As a resilient optimist, it is easy for me to presume that life sustaining change is an option for everyone. Is it? I do not know yet, and I also do not know if I will ever know. I do know that I have learned all that I want to about suicide, mental illness, and despair, and that I want to study resilience.
Here's are the titles of the three books that I am actively reading on the topic -
Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss That Changes Everything
The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action
The MindUp Curriculum: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning-and Living