Anthony Bourdain was on the podcast a few years ago and was so open, warm, and hilarious. He was inspiring to me on so many levels, not the least of which was that he came out from under an intense drug haze and became successful by just being himself while following his curiosity and passions. I think a lot of us who have struggled with addiction, depression, anxiety—or any of the wide menu of mental health issues—looked up to Bourdain as our champion. The guy who beat it. And you know, maybe that’s not totally fair to put that on him because it isn’t a dragon you just slay once and you’re done. You wouldn’t exercise for a little while and go, “Ok done! I’m fit for life now!” It’s an ongoing process, and that’s okay, because everything needs maintenance. And why is it we put such emphasis on maintaining our cars, our careers, even our dumb fucking social media accounts and NOT our minds??? That other stuff is external. A distraction. It ultimately doesn’t matter. But WE matter. (and yes I see the irony of devaluing social media on social media—it does have positive uses, but it shouldn’t be more important than our health so maybe put that FIRST). Also, what happened with Bourdain does NOT take away from all of the amazing things he achieved and the issues he overcame while he was alive. Between what happened with Kate Spade just a few days ago or any of the 800,000 people worldwide who sadly take their own lives each year, it is important to remember that mental health issues are unbiased. It doesn’t matter how much you have or don’t have. It doesn’t matter what your race, cultural background, or religious beliefs are. It can affect anyone, anywhere, and does. I BEG YOU, if you feel like you’re trapped under the weight of your own brain DO NOT hesitate to get help. It isn’t embarrassing, it doesn’t mean you’re broken, and it doesn’t mean you’re weak. Everyone needs help sometimes and it is a strong move to ask for it. If anything, please let the big takeaway be that no matter where we are in life, we should seek help when we are feeling swallowed up. Take care of yourselves, everyone. The world is a better place with you in it.