I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really planning on posting today. I had another topic ready, but I wasn’t really feeling it.
Before becoming America’s first ever network chief meteorologist or appearing on Dancing with the Stars, ABC News’s Ginger Zee checked herself into a mental health hospital.
Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One. is Ginger’s heartbreaking, hilarious, and harshly honest life story – from Dickhead’s (you won’t soon forget that name) deck on Lake Michigan to her storm-chasing dream at ABC News.
Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that ranged from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some – it’s just that Ginger’s personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field.
She also canceled her first wedding – twice – because she finally listened to her inner voice, which was saying This isn’t right, but then she happened to fall in love with her gay best friend. Yes, twice. Yes, gay.
On the sunny side, this book is for all the mistake makers who have learned to forgive others and themselves – even in the aftermath of man-made, or in this case, Ginger-made disasters. It’s a story that every young woman should read, a story about finding love in the world, and finding it in yourself.
I’m sorry, but I have to break a rule here, because I can’t be objective with this one.
Elizabeth Vargas, the barrier-breaking co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight and 20/20, bravely revealed that she is an alcoholic during a televised interview in 2014. But what most people don’t know is Elizabeth has suffered from acute anxiety since childhood, and that after years of silent struggle, she turned to alcohol for relief.
Between Breaths is the story of Elizabeth’s lifelong battle with the condition, how it began at the age of six when her father was sent to the war in Vietnam, and how it continued to plague her, even as she rose to the top of a profession requiring flawless poise under pressure. She chronicles her desperate attempts to conceal the terrifying panic attacks that gripped her while reporting on some of the biggest stories of her career, and she describes her descent into alcohol dependence and deception, and finally, her redemption through rehab, and learning how to better live with her condition.
If I don’t have my goals, then what do I have?
As you may or may not already know, I recently graduated from college. I have a temporary job at Goodwill, but I’m still directionless.
You might want to start with this.
For the past few days, I’ve been contemplating 10% Happier by ABC News anchor Dan Harris. It’s the true story of his journalistic journey into the fringe of American religious culture and into the other world of meditation.
It wasn’t just the author that appealed to me. Sure, he was a factor, but I wanted to learn how he “reduced stress without losing [his] edge”. If meditation worked for him, maybe it could help me with my anxiety.
I found his story inspiring and relatable. He struggles with some of the same issues I do. At first, meditation seemed like sissy stuff. I didn’t give it much thought because I thought it was stupid. After reading Dan’s story, it seems to be a practical coping method for dealing with life in general. It will definitely come in handy considering the fact I’m aiming for a career in journalism.
It’s worth the read. If you need another coping mechanism for life, check this out.