In 2010 I went to this tiny town in the Japanese Alps because of Anthony Bourdain. He is a hero for so many that came of age when he came to prominence. I developed a love of food, travel, culture, and language because of many of the interactions he engaged in on in his shows. I sought out restaurants and locations all over the world that he visited. He once said, "I could study China for 30 years and still not know it" and that was a huge motivation for me moving there. I've lived there twice now and I still don't know it, but I love it and it opened me up to so much more than China.
We sadly need to lose some great talent to realize we have a problem. As someone that has had a rough little while, even as someone that can take super hard things, I have had to demand space to mourn and be fragile from people who are the closest to me and love me the most. We are not tolerant enough of fragility, of instability. Where and how do we start to make safe spaces not just for our children to go to school, but for all of us to feel, get support and help we need? Just as we are taught signs of a stroke and how to react, let's learn the signs of mental health and how to get help and destigmatize. It is ok to be broken, it is ok to be mended, and continually to mend and engage in mending and breaking.