The idea for this book came about after a dark and personal period in my past. The people who know me personally would probably find it hard to believe that I had suffered from depression at all, I’m the optimistic guy who always has a plan of action. My friends would often come to me for advice. What exactly gave them the confidence to confide in me and look for guidance often puzzled me but if I’m honest my ego liked the flattery.
Without realising it I found myself in my mid 30’s depressed, self-medicating and destroying my health and relationship piece by piece. I should have been in a joyous place, I was financially independent, a fantastic girlfriend and living in my dream house. I’d come a long way and had achieved what I and society though to be the dream.
Coming from a broken home that was destroyed by an alcoholic parent, left me no choice but to leave home at fourteen. I just had to escape the madness, violence and poverty. I look back with no hard feelings at all, my father was a very damaged man and fought his considerable demons until the day he died. Surviving these early years’ experience made me very determined and independent, I’ve never expected anything for free and believe that I can manifest my own reality.
My late teens and 20’s were wild, I was a working musician and living life to the full. I’ve also had a bit of an entrepreneur’s flare and I could turn my hand to most things to pay my way. By my mid 30’s as I mentioned before from the outside I appeared to have it made, all the trappings and the ‘good life’. However, I was bored, I was alarmingly piling on excess weight and my health began to fail and was depressed and miserable. In a short period of time I’d gone from a very popular guy with more friends and admiration that any human needs to a depressed, fat loser. I rarely ventured outside because of my physical insecurities. I was old before my years and on a roller coasting to oblivion. A year under doctor’s orders and his prescription pad only made things far worse. Until, finally I was confronted by my own mortality when I had a cancer scare. Only then did I hit the reset button and take responsibility for the results of my lifestyle.
I count myself lucky because I had an old friend and allied power that I’d neglected for too long. Mother Nature. Since I can first recall I’ve had a passion and understanding of nature and yet I had created my world to be a very un-natural and artificial environment. My health immediately started to improve when a switched my heavily processed meat, dairy & sugar diet to a plant based system. Within in a matter of weeks my health was restored. I also started paying attention to the nature around me and this eventually turned my life around to where I am now, healthy and following my passion as a wildlife photographer.
My message I have is a simple one. No matter what situation you find yourself in remember that you and only you can change things around. Taking control and being honest with yourself and then by taking massive action you can and will create a whole new you. Unhappiness, depression and anxiety can usually be rooted way in the past, families, relationships, diet and health. Nature showed me the way to restore my health and by doing this my whole way of looking about my life and the world around changed. By taking action with my diet I actually changed the molecular make up of my whole being. The most positive side effect was the way I dealt with my depression and self-image. The journey hasn’t always been easy but perseverance and focus has lead me to being a #1 best seller on Amazon with a book called Sirt Food which is vol1 of a series called The Medicine on your Plate the follow up to Resolution to be Happy will follow within the next month.
Believe in the future you and be courageous in implementing change. Life doesn’t owe you happiness but it is there if you manifest it. One time around and one time in control is what I firmly believe so spread positivity and love wherever you can and you’ll be repaid in return more than you can ever imagine. Be the creator.