My Big Audacious Dream and What If WE Could?
Have you, or someone you know experienced mental distress?
Five years ago, on Father’s Day, I received the phone call that no one wants to hear; my younger brother had been found dead. Craig was 58 years old and had struggled with mental health issues from the time he was a young adult. Fifty years ago, mental health was not a subject that was talked about. This was a dark period for me. My mother had died only a year earlier, and I was caught in an undertow of grief, as I tried to make sense of my brother’s life and death.
I now see Craig as a teacher, as to how I want to live my life going forward. This is what’s inspired the creation of the children’s story I’ve written, “What If You Could?” It is about a caterpillar who desires more in his life and he looks at his longing and discontent while munching leaves. Soon he imagines a big dream that stirs him from his boredom. To believe in his dream, the caterpillar must decide which voice to listen to - the critical voice that warns him against change, or the kind voice that encourages him to believe in his dreams. This inspirational story of transformation is everyone’s story, and is a beautiful gift - for not just children, but anyone navigating change (for the graduate to the retiree). It brings awareness to the internal self-talk that we all hear when we prepare to leave our comfort zone, and spread our wings and fly.
I believe we all live on a spectrum of mental health. When we are feeling mentally healthy, we are better able to discern and listen to the voice that lovingly guides us to believe and live into the best of who we are. This biking tour is my what if I could, and it’s inspired my dream to raise awareness and $100,000 for Jack.org. to support their work.
A portion of all my 'What If You Could" book sales will be gifted to jack.org. You can purchase my book on the presale link here!
You can also make your personal donation (and will receive a receipt for income tax) by clicking on the link to my donor page at jack.org/whatifyoucouldtour
Jack.org was created in memory of Jack Windeler. He was 18 years old when he died by suicide, in his first year at Queen's University; and for whatever reasons, Jack was unable to reach out for the help he needed. Wanting to ensure that every young person struggling is identified and gets the help they need, Jack's parents started a memorial fund that grew into Jack.org. Their mission is to empower young leaders to revolutionize mental health nationwide; to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health. They're working towards a society where all people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other- without shame, and those that need support, get the help they deserve. Suicide is preventable, and sadly is still the leading health-related cause of death for young people in Canada.
What If We Could change this together? In gratitude for your support and encouragement.
Warmest and Best Wishes, Lynne