In this guest column, Chris Jozwiak writes about reaching out with positive results.
The mind is a crazy work of beauty. Earth is home to a one of a kind machine called human. This human drives to connect, and with much determination and evolution, the human mind has been able to captivate the internet as its masterpiece. This work of art infuses the idea of an always-on society, encapsulating every human experience into one gigantic network.
The human mind is nothing but billions of neurons connected to one another by complex pathways. Linking not just to one another but communicating, each one has the potential to link and fire off to other neurons, making new connections and reactions. In the last 100 years, the life expectancy for humankind has gone up tremendously due to vaccinations and advances in medical sciences.
My mind was a mess in the teenage years. I was making connections unknowing of there consequences. I was placed in a psychiatric ward for most of my teenage years. Not consecutively but something always brought me back. Whether it was the want of attention or lack of self-worth or the depression, what I felt at the time was very real.
Most of that experience blurs together as some anomaly that just happened. Mostly because I was in a completely different state of thought. I do not remember the dates of much of it. The tricky part about depression is knowing that everything is okay. In that state of mind, I thought my life was over. There was no point to any of it. When I got out my perspective hadn’t changed, I just didn’t have the energy to put into ending it.
After my final trip, in a long-term treatment center, my main focus was schooling. I could never seem to focus 100 percent of my energy on school. Video games were always a surreal escape for me. Often, my homework was neglected. I should never have been graduated, but somehow I seemed to skate through not doing much, but being rewarded anyway.
It soothes me knowing I have a high school diploma, though still to this day I don’t feel like I earned it. My last year of schooling was when my life changed forever. My first child was born on January 15th, 2012. This moment altered the events of my future for the better. I had no idea what I was doing but managed to work my way through my son’s infancy with the help of my beautiful wife. I know not of another way my life could have been better. My daughter was then born on March 21st, 2014 — the second blessing that gave me hope for a beautiful future to come.
Reaching Out With Positive Results
I recently started reaching out to people to network with them. In the last two weeks, I have connected with positive minds like my own. All of it was done by posting motivational material. Reaching out with positive results brings much positivity to me. It also brought me to meeting Michael Bryant, CEO of a new and upcoming competitive gaming network.
I think back to my teenage years and am glad it turned out the way it did. I’m not sure I would be the same self-aware person I am today without it. I will continue to write and reach as many people as possible to inspire them to live with more positivity.