“They sicken of the calm who knew the storm.”
I don’t have a military background, but I am proud to support our troops and to remember and honor all of those who lost their lives in the performance of their military duties. So, it came as a shock to me when I heard data shared in the Veteran Association’s 2020 Annual Report on Mental Health, stating that, on average, 17.6 veterans died by suicide every single day in 2018 (source). That is 6,453 in a year: the equivalent of every player on the NFL roster taking their lives four times over every year.
Since the start of this year, I have been lucky enough to take a more active role in teaching teen’s classes at my jiu-jitsu academy. I quickly realized that the role of an instructor is more involved than demonstrating and explaining techniques.
March 2021 is coming to an end, marking the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 global pandemic and the start of worldwide restrictions and lockdowns. “Mask mandates,” “social distancing,” and “lockdown” have become part of our new vocabulary, and people have been fined and prosecuted for breaking Covid restrictions.