Monday, July 11, 2016

Days 18 and 19 of 22: Push-Ups for Veteran Suicide Awareness

Day 18:

So if you are one of my personal facebook friends, you have seen this before. I apologize. But really, I think it is the best lead in.

Push-ups. Harder during a hot flash.

And it's true. Today is my 14 and 8 day... And it was hard. But not impossible. I did it.

Day 19:

16 and 6... Today was the first day the dog actually took enough interest to help, so my right ear is also clean. It wasn't too hard up until 15 and 16 of the first set, then the second set I know my form sucked... but my last set my form has sucked since I got to the knee push-ups. Hopefully getting to where they all happen in one set will resolve that.

The helper in question, Joel

And for content, I am going to do this today because I know I have more potential readers on a Monday than most days and my last day will be Wednesday (for push-ups—Thursday for blog)

This has seemed like a real slog. Long and cumbersome.

But if we want to solve this issue, that is what it takes. Not one day of feeling sorry this happens, but a long-term commitment to doing something about it. A long-term campaign to spread awareness not just of existence of the problem, but of the symptoms and what can be done about it. So we need to all approach this as a marathon. Be vigilant. Watch out for your friends and acquaintances. Let them know you are available if they need you, and don't be afraid to help even if it isn't requested.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Joel looks like a good helper. :) He was probably a little worried about what you were doing!

This does seem like a slog ...really commendable of you to bring consistent awareness to the issue on Facebook and your blog!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I take it Joel barked your ear off?

Hart Johnson said...

Licked. He licked my ear off....

Libby Heily Author said...

Cute doggy!!!!!

Helena said...

Love Joel's ears.

I've found that swimming (which I only do in summer) is helping with my upper body strength, which is good because I've gotten too lazy to do the push-ups with you Hart. Thank you for spreading such a compassionate message.