Struggling with hardships such as abuse, stigma and discrimination, homelessness, or traumatic memories can be difficult. But life can get better. Connecting with the right people, finding inner strength and tapping into local programs can make all the difference. Visit Up2SD.org to view personal story movies created by San Diegans to inspire, offer hope and challenge stereotypes.
“To the world I appeared successful: Financial advisor and life coach, winning 5Ks and 10Ks in my age class, hero to my family and always the first called for financial and emotional support. But in reality I was overextended and eventually just couldn’t keep up with the obligations I had taken on.
Almost as far back as I can remember I had become a master at shutting off emotions I didn’t like. If it didn’t feel good, I didn’t allow myself to feel it. But now I was frightened and I felt incompetent at facing my clients. I was embarrassed over my own financial failures which would soon become obvious. Overwhelming, paralyzing anxiety would wake me up in a cold sweat at 2 a.m., stomach in knots, sleep deprived. I remember one day putting on my suit and tie in the morning but sitting on the couch all day, not able to go into the office. There was no hope. I didn’t see any possible way out. ‘I need to peacefully go away’ became a constant thought. I had life insurance policies and thought my family would be better off financially if I died.
Through the grace of God I survived an attempt to end my life. When I stripped away all the concerns about the exterior and just got down to the core of my essence, the will to survive emerged. What a relief it was to not have to try to hold up an image of something I wasn’t anymore. If you are experiencing difficulties, talk to someone, anybody. I didn’t and it almost cost me my life.”-Craig
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