I am a man, a big, man, a physically strong and intimidating man, and I have mental health issues.
I weigh 21 stones, I have been lifting weights for 40 years and wear shirts from 3xl to 4 xl. I wear 8xl biker jackets and I have mental health issues.
I am a biker, you probably guessed that. I ride a big bike, 1600cc of bike. I have mental health issues.
I have a shaved head, a big beard and muscles. I wear leather, jeans and boots. I don’t back down, but I have mental health issues.
I am a black belt in Karate, competed in Judo, studies Krav Maga, played Rugby, and I have mental health issues.
I was a cop for many years, fearless and authoritative, but I have mental health issues.
I am a father to two grown up children, well taught and living successful lives of their own. I have mental health issues.
I suffered the agony of divorce but came through the other side, stronger and much happier with my new wife. I still have mental health issues, but she makes it better.
I was a sportsman, one day I will be again, when the pain is under control. I have competed with the best and gained respect I also have mental health issues.
I am a traveller, I have visited many strange foreign lands whilst I had mental health issues.
I run my own business. I am self employed, responsible for feeding my family. I am also an artist, photographer and stargazer not controlled by my mental health issues.
I am depressed and anxious. I take medication. I am taking counselling again. I forget how many times this has been.
Don’t be scared of your demons, we all have them. Size does not make you strong. Strong is in your heart. I ride bikes and dive the oceans not because Im tough, but to escape from the stresses of life. I practiced martial arts, not because Im hard but because I feared for my safety. My clothes, hair (or lack of), tattoos, and stature do not alter my personality. Most of the scariest people I know are also the nicest people you could ever meet.
Live the best life you can.