Anthony Bourdain, a celebrity chef whose books and TV shows changed the way many people look at travel and food, died via suicide this morning at age 61. Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour, No Reservations, The Layover, and Parts Unknown television shows took Bourdain and the audience around the world to experience food and cultures they wouldn’t usually see up-close. What, you may ask is his connection to wrestling? For one, he’s a proud member of Titus Worldwide.
Anthony Bourdain also featured indie star and dentist Britt Baker, and her boyfriend NXT North American Champion Adam Cole in a Parts Unknown episode about Pittsburgh.
— Britt Baker (@RealBrittBaker) October 22, 2017
Shocked and saddened by the passing of #AnthonyBourdain. He was by far one of the most memorable dinner dates I’m sure we will ever have- full of laughs and intriguing conversation. Rest easy. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/wOhE5CCXvj
— Britt Baker (@RealBrittBaker) June 8, 2018
Please Keep Going
But the real reason I am writing is to tell you not to give up. I battle depression every day of my life. It will never go away. But I choose to fight, and I decide every day to keep going. Even at my lowest point, I reached out to a friend. Wrestling is a great escape for me. Putting on a good match or watching promos always gets me out of my funk. But I know sometimes it isn’t enough. There is a lot of shame and stigma attached to depression and suicide. But shame can’t stop you from getting the help you deserve to keep fighting and keep going.
If you’re struggling with dark thoughts or you think you may harm yourself, please talk to someone. Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. DM me (@FaceVHeel) on Twitter. I’ll talk with you. I’ve been there. Sitting in the darkest point of your life feeling like there’s no hope can make you think suicide is the only way out. It isn’t. You have so much life to give. Not just to the world, your friends, and family, but to yourself. There’s so much to do and so many goals to reach. Live. Please. Life is tough, and it will always be tough, but fighting through the pain and improving yourself is worth it. For all the pain and crud in the world, there is 10x as much happiness and contentment. Life is for living. You have to keep going and find your place. It may take your whole life, but exploring this world and finding yourself along the way is rewarding.
Wrestling With Depression
I got back into wrestling because of my depression and unhappiness with life. Instead of giving up I dove into this fantastic art form. It brought me happiness, new friends and took me all over the world watching great wrestling. If I decided to leave, then I would have missed out on all of this. The joy I experience from exploring a new city, watching a new wrestler, and eating new food is what keeps me going. The anticipation of what’s next motivates me to get up and take on my demons.
Travel. Eat. Watching wrestling. Read. Write. Explore. Choose life.