• Marcus Kowal

The hope for unemployment


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So I owe $100 and you thought I was about to owe another $100, didn't you? For you that don't know, I have committed to blogging every day leading up to the race, #50for05, #Rim2Rim2Rim: 50 miles with 22,000 feet elevation (sorry, I thought it was only 15,000 but surprise, surprise!). Yesterday was the 2nd day that I missed and I wasn't going to miss another day.

Yesterday, no running. Part of the program, since I have the worst weekend that's left ahead of me. Instead, I got to teach an Active Shooter seminar at a Synagogue pre-school. During the seminar, I mentioned that I wished I was unemployed. I shouldn't have to teach Active Shooter seminars at pre-schools. 

 I shouldn't have to teach Active Shooter seminars at all.

 It's insanity to think that human beings are capable of doing such horrendous crimes. If there is a God, killing innocent human beings, especially children, must be on the top of the list for what will have you burn in eternal hellfire.

Can you imagine how mentally broken a human being must be, in order to be able to even think of such a heinous crime?

 And it seems to be getting worse.

I just spoke to a good friend today. He came to me and I could tell how desperate he was. He told me he is suffering from severe depression. He apologized for talking to me about it, since he knew I had my own problems but he said he didn't know who else to speak to about it. I'm very honoured that he felt comfortable to trust in me.

 I also want to help him. Yet, I'm not a psychologist. But I have lived through the worst kind of what he's experiencing and I recognize the desperation you feel to find your way out of it. My recommendation? To start doing breathing meditation and start running. I also told him to come into the gym and start training.  I don't think he'll come in.  Maybe.

 I hope so.

 But I hope he starts running and meditating. And I hope we can work towards fighting mental health issues. By we, I mean the government. I mean family members, friends, co-workers.  Physical activity from a young age will help in the fight against mental health problems. And maybe, just maybe, one day I can be unemployed. 

At least when it comes to Active Shooter seminars. 


For breathing meditation, I highly recommend The Breathing Class with Dr. Belisa Vranich.

For running, check out coach YouTube.

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