Charles Gull

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“How did I get stuck here?”

In a traffic jam, in a dead-end job, at our second cousin’s tedious engagement party, it’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some time or other. Often, when we’re frustrated we just shrug our shoulders and say, “Can’t fix it now, better just knuckle down and suck it up, It’ll be over soon enough.”

  That's the right thing to do isn’t?

Actually, that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. What if the frustration hangs around? This path leads to disappointment, then to disillusionment, then to depression. Now you're asking “Where is the meaning in my life?”. Worse still is deciding that there is no point in carrying on. All too often, such thoughts lead to a tragic end.

The saddest thing about this is that it is so easily avoidable. All you need to do is appreciate how meaningful your life is. Here are some tips from me.
  • Remember, it’s not about how bad everything else is, it’s about how great you are.
  • You’re not the only person struggling with this.
  • Meet with other people and hear their stories about conquering their demons.
But what if it’s difficult for you to ‘get out there’? That’s easy to work around. Just read about other people re-discovering how meaningful and joyful life is. The more inspiring the stories the more inspired you’ll be. Soon you’ll be back on top and busy helping others to do the same.

It was the same with me. I was in a slump and couldn’t see the way out. Then I read a book about famous people. Did you know that Winston Churchill suffered from crippling depression all his life? Did he give in? Certainly not. Instead, he became a national hero. He saved his whole country from invasion by an evil military regime. It got me thinking ‘If he can beat it, then perhaps I can too.’ I invented a super weapon, a book about my own demons. If I could describe them, then I could fight them. I was determined to not only write but publish the book too. Exposed to the light of day, read by others, my demons would shrivel and disappear. Of course, they fought back. I felt intimidated, frightened, vulnerable, scared and full of self-doubt.

I couldn’t do it!

They were beating me and victory was slipping further away. I had to find a way to make my super weapon even more powerful. Then I had a thought.
  • This wasn’t just for me. It was for everyone fighting the same battle, so I needed to recruit some more warriors to fight alongside me.
  • The demons were too strong for a frontal assault, so we needed to out flank them and attack where they were weakest.
I spoke to others and they agreed to let me write about their struggles too. Then I changed direction on the book itself. To maximise the power of our weapon we weren’t going to talk about us at all. It was going to be just about the demons. By only talking about the enemy we could surround it, parcel it, bundle it and banish it far far away. In fact, so far away that it became trapped in a fantasy world of our invention. A place where we had total control. A place it could never escape.

Still with me? That means you care. Maybe you're struggling yourself, maybe you know someone else who is, maybe you just have an enormous compassionate heart. All that matters is that you do care. Now, I need you to do something for me. The more demons we trap in these books and the sooner we do it the greater our victory.

Join us straight away by selecting a pledge tier on the right. =>

You can finish reading this later. Getting involved is more important. We need your support in the battle right now. =>

Still hesitating? Want to know what happens next before committing? Once you have selected your tier, I shall hand you over briefly to the nice people at Patreon. They shall lead you through everything you have to do to finalise the pledge. It is a simple and straight forward process. If you have any concerns or doubts, please talk to me. I’ll help. However, I can’t if you don’t take the next step. =>

Does your pledge matter? Yes, it does. But even though I shall be sharing the profits with a mental health charity, you don’t have to give a lot. Most importantly, when you sign up, even at the minimum pledge, you are adding your voice, letting others know that they are not alone, that you are fighting beside them, vanquishing the demons.

Go ahead, become a Battle Buddy right now. =>

Finally, if you do happen to be diagnosed with a mental disorder and are really struggling with your finances, DON’T sign up to any pledge tier. I want you to join the battle just as much, but I don’t want your money. I want something even more valuable from you. I want you to speak.

  • Speak Up. Tell your story. Send me a private message. I shall be totally discrete with everything you share. Or, if you feel strong enough, do it publicly in the comments section below.
  • Speak Out. Tell others about this battle. Recruit more supporters. Spread the word. Get other people to make a pledge.
And now, before you finally get actively involved, I shall end with the three most important words of all.

Together it's yes.
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