“To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m sure many people have read this quote or are at least familiar with the closing line. It’s a frequent go-to in desk calendars that offer daily inspiration and I’m sure you can order a cute mug on Etsy that immortalizes this transcendental perspective.
That being said, the immense popularity of words does not confirm nor diminish their truth.
I personally find this to be one of the most powerful definitions of success I have ever come across, and it’s message ultimately changed my life.
Sharing my eating disorder story is a privilege because I am a survivor. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness after opioid addiction. It’s significantly higher than clinical depression and even schizophrenia.
Patients rarely seek treatment on their own, and this is in part due to the stigma that surrounds these disorders. These issues are often misunderstood and underreported which leads to a lack of public awareness, research funding, and available resources for those in need.
The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)’s mission is to “support individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.”
The annual NEDA Walk in New York City is taking place on Sunday, October 6, 2019. I organized a team (well as of now it’s a team of one, but I will walk proudly!!!).
I would be honored if you can JOIN ME (use code: Taboo2019 to register as a member of my team) or if you would consider making a donation to support the NEDA. Their devotion to this issue is incredible and the resources they provide are much needed.