What did I learned about a push up challenge?
1. Push ups are hard to do
2. Correct technique makes them harder
3. Despite wanting to continue to do them & get better at them I haven't
4. The suicide rate amongst returned soldiers in the USA is terrible
5. By comparison Australia's statistics aren't great either - far more soldiers die by suicide than in active duty from either country. I haven't researched the statistics in the oposing countries.
6. Regardless of your view on war or the military, returned soldiers need our help to integrate back into a life that extremely different from life in the military
7. There are many people outside the military who are confronted by traumatic situations every single day & doing the challenge & researching the topic(s) has reminded me of this
8. Nobody knows what another person has going on in their life & nobody knows the affect of a traumatic situation on them
Please be kind with your words always; engage with your fellow humans in meaningful ways; check in on your family, check in on your mates; don't be afraid to ask people if they are OK; don't be afraid to ask more than once. If you are struggling emotionally or psychologically please talk to someone - a family member, a friend, a work colleague, a mentor, your doctor, a stranger (lifeline, beyond blue) - you are worthy of a happy life & life is too short to go it alone when there are people out there who want to help.
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636