“There is No Darkness Without Light”

“There is No Darkness Without Light” 

Posted: 9:52 am Thursday, June 14th, 2018

By Pete Rizzo

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There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you.

These are the words of Dave Navarro following the suicide of Anthony Bourdain recently. And I couldn’t agree more. I only regret that I took so long to allow myself to believe it.

If you have been in that dark place yourself, this letter is a must-read.

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I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience. I have been there, written “the note”, had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family. I was ready to go. Luckily, as a last ditched effort, I reached out. I spoke to my closest friends and loved ones. I sought therapy and at times, psychiatry, alternative medicines, even hospitalization. Whatever it took. What I learned is that through the process, circumstances and feelings shift. As the tide comes in and rolls out, the universe takes many shapes and constantly evolves. We are made of the same stuff. We are constantly changing and evolving and flowing… sometimes scary, sometimes beautiful, sometimes lonely, sometimes supported. Hang in there to allow the process and the shapes to change. I can tell you 100% that they do. Please reach out if you find yourself in the darkness. There is no darkness without light. Try to be willing to let it find you. #mentalhealthawareness @musicares #musicares @abovegroundorg

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Being in that seemingly hopeless place myself several years ago, Dave Navarro’s words couldn’t ring more true. Allowing for the passage of time to slowly and painstakingly work through my problems did wonders for me.

I am thankful every day for my support system, which includes my wife, family, small and close group of good friends, the kind people I train martial arts with and learn from, and, listeners like you that I have the good fortune of interacting with here.