Choosing Life: One man’s journey through alcoholism and depression to wellness and self-discovery
In Choosing Life, Blue Andrews narrates his arduous journey to self-knowledge and wellness, after almost losing his life to depression and alcoholism. Blue is seen as an energetic and charming individual with a relentless drive to be excellent in school, at work, and even while having fun with friends. As a family man with a successful career in sales, he lived the American Dream and appeared to have it all. However, certain unhealed scars from the past and some unhealthy habits would eventually catch up with him and bring him to a most troubling development that would take years to undo.
Speaking as someone who lived with a family member who suffered with addiction and depression, I appreciated reading Blue’s vivid, illuminating book. He was indeed the life of the party; clearly, he did not set out to be depressed but wanted to live to the fullest. Readers get to see not only the important details of the author’s activities and achievements but also the mindset and ideas behind them.
Choosing Life presents relatable content to readers who experience depression or alcoholism, and at the same time, it serves as a sort of model for individuals who wish to truly know themselves and recognize the accumulated issues that contribute to their shortcomings. Get ready for a compelling, memorable read, as the book offers a flawless combination of various themes and moods—such as partying, loss, career success, family, a suicide attempt, therapy, and friendship. However, some aspects of the story might be triggering to some, especially the details of the author’s suicide attempt. Unapologetically human and uninhibited, Blue educates readers on the concepts he learned while searching for a way to wellness and the roles they played in his recovery process, including naturopathy and microgrieving.
The book is strongly recommended to readers who have first-hand experience of addiction and/or depression and others who have close relations or friends who do. Also, if you have a hard time comprehending why people feel depressed or suicidal, the book will help you understand that no matter how bad an individual’s situation is, they are products of society and not deserving of insensitive judgment.
Unfortunately, the pressure to acquire material possessions and gain prestigious titles and recognition is propagated excessively by society. Thankfully, books like this reveal that focusing on one’s mental health and self-knowledge can help undo the harmful effects of materialism, peer pressure, unhealthy competition, and people pleasing.
|Page Count||230 pages|
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|Category||Biographies & Memoirs|