We heard the news while driving into Paris that Anthony Bourdain had taken his life. We kept asking ourselves all day the same question that everyone else is asking…why? Here was a man who seemed on top of his game. He changed the way we see the world through human connections around the globe with food being the foundation. It opened our eyes to places unknown in times when the only information we are getting is political nonsense through the media. He connected us to places and made us all realize that we might all eat different food, dress different, has different roofs above our heads or beliefs in different religions but at the end of the day, we are all just living life.
We talked about it all day and into the night and got weepy over a bottle of wine. We didn’t personally know him and after seeing the ongoing posts around the globe it makes me wonder if he realized the impact he had on so many generations and people across the globe. Someone said to me once that food is the new black and Bourdain was the man behind that movement. Sadly for all he had given many of us without even knowing us, he chose to take his own life.
The statistics, pure data, around suicide has escalated over the past decade. Another why? Is it the expectations that society puts on all of us to achieve at a certain level? Is it the disconnect between who we are vs who people perceive us to be? Is it the constant of social media and negative politics that are amplified daily to grab as many eyeballs as possible? There are many questions we should all be asking ourselves over the days, weeks and months to come.
Two insanely successful brilliant people, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain both took their lives this week. They left the world too early and left young children and families behind. Mental health is an issue that few of us discuss and it affects everyone in different ways. Personally, I don’t know what it is like to find yourself down such a dark hole that you feel as you can’t get out but many do and some holes are deeper and darker. How do we do a better job as a society of having conversations about depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health issues? Would it or will it make a difference? I don’t know the answer but it is definitely a time to reflect and try to answer that question….why?