Yesterday, during the 1st quarter of a 17-9 loss vs the Seattle Seahawks. Philadelphia Eagles RG Brandon Brooks left the game with what the team originally called an "illness".
Brooks later admitted that he left due to an illness related to an anxiety issue. I'm paraphrasing, but he was throwing up..a-lot and he had no shame in what happened. His only regret was leaving his teammates in battle.
DOL goes serious.
It is really awesome to see two things here that completely intertwine. Brooks' ability to be so transparent and the majority of people to be so sportive. Everything I've seen coming out of this has been supportive. Low-hanging fruit alert. Somewhat surprising to see coming out of Philly.
That's why the biggest of ups are in order to Brandon Brooks. An NFL offensive lineman, generally thought of to be the toughest guys on the field found the inner-strength to admit he's living with anxiety. Now I know it's not Lou Gehrig's disease, but at times it can be crippling. Sometimes you never know what little thing can set it off.
As me, it's refreshing to see someone be open and real about what they're dealing with. Kindaaa like my writing style. Regardless of how close it hits to home, it's encouraging to see. I feel like if this had happened even 5ish years ago there would be a lot of "look at this pussy" or even worse going on had the news gotten out of why Brooks left the game. I don't even know think a player admits this in the 2014 world tbh. So yay for progress!
I know I may shit on "PC" culture or be a little extreme for comedic effect at times but if there is one good thing to come out of it...if you wanna throw this under that umbrella...the acceptance of mental health issues. People aren't afraid to admit they're going through shit. It's best to talk about it! Idk a lot the meaning of life but regardless of your beliefs I think there are somethings we can all agree life is about; one is love, the other is human connection. You need both to have a life worth living. Life is fucking disgusting. But sometimes disgusting things can be wicked cool and awesome. It's ugly, but it's ours. You have to be able to live life through the shit. because we're all gonna step in our fair share. Sometime's the first time you wear the new kicks.
Sadly there's still a stigma, but it seems to be getting more and more accepted and okay to talk about. At least I'm fucking living my life that way. I personally used to think anxiety was the biggest crock of shit and that "everybody gets nervous" then one day everything changed and I was like oh wait this is me. Everybody's story is different, but I know there are tons of people out there who can in somewhat or another relate to what Brandon Brooks dealt with yesterday. And while yes he does have a high profile job, he's still a human, like the rest of us.
Except for Zuckerberg.
Bonus spin off completely different path p.s. must watch Borat take on Zuck.