"The Story So Far ..."

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At 25-years-old I was still living at home with my Dad.

I was a mentally ill alcoholic with no friends. And no girlfriend. I hadn't even kissed a girl since I was 19. I was still a virgin and lost contact with my friends over half a decade ago.

I spent all my time alone at night surfing on the Internet, chain smoking 40 cigarettes a day, and consuming alcohol until it made my stomach hurt.

The highlight of my night was often masturbating to Internet pornography which made me so lecherous around women they avoided me like the plague.

Sometimes I had to literally force down food because I didn't find any pleasure in eating. I slept well into the afternoon and sometimes into the evening on my Dad's couch.

I'm not sure how I survived.

My bedroom, if you can call it that, was full to brim with beer cans which I used to urinate in. And cigarette ash which I used to flick everywhere.

I was a broken shell of a man. An animal. I felt like a miserable lowlife.

I was dangerously unhealthy. Painfully lonely. Depressed to the point of suicide. And hopelessly trying to deal with the devastating effects of schizophrenia.

I may as well have been dead.
...

Today I have my own place. And, I'm a spiritually—and personally—successful Entrepreneur working on making my first $1 Million. : )

Like I mentioned before, I wouldn't change a single thing considering where I'm at in life. Even the most crippling mental illness can be a “blessing in disguise” and something that can advance our personal and spiritual growth.

No matter what is happening in your life, you can transcend it and come out the other side a more successful person. : ) I'm looking forward to completing my story.

Thanks for reading.
#“the #story
  • Profile picture of the author yoangov
    It's great to see you are getting your life together!

    Spirituality is a great way to deal with depression, and low points in your life. I salute you!

    P.S. I can personally recommend you Deepak Chopra's books for overall spiritual growth, and overall happiness improvement. Good luck buddy!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Thanks yoangov. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    So, how did you overcome such a terrible situation?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by tvon View Post

      So, how did you overcome such a terrible situation?
      1. Determination.
      2. Making the decision to change.
      3. Courage.
      4. Developing a “positive attitude.”
      5. Help from Social Services and my Family. : )

      My spiritual “advancement” kind of happened “naturally” as I was suffering. When you suffer, it deepens your character and makes you more compassionate. Sometimes you don't have to do anything it just happens naturally.

      I remember doing some Christmas shopping while I was in Hospital and bursting into tears while hearing the Band Aid song and thinking about those starving children.

      ...

      I have to say I absolutely love my life. And, I'm sincerely grateful for everything. : )
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      • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
        Sounds like you could right a book if you wanted to. I'm very inspired by stories like yours. I feel like if people like you who have been in such difficult situations can prevail and overcome adversity, then I certainly can make something out of my situation which is much more comfortable.

        Thanks for sharing.

        Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

        1. Determination.
        2. Making the decision to change.
        3. Courage.
        4. Developing a "positive attitude."
        5. Help from Social Services and my Family. : )

        My spiritual "advancement" kind of happened "naturally" as I was suffering. When you suffer, it deepens your character and makes you more compassionate. Sometimes you don't have to do anything it just happens naturally.

        I remember doing some Christmas shopping while I was in Hospital and bursting into tears while hearing the Band Aid song and thinking about those starving children.

        ...

        I have to say I absolutely love my life. And, I'm sincerely grateful for everything. : )
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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
          Welcome tvon. : )

          I'm glad you found it inspiring. (I am thinking of writing a book one day.)

          For the moment though I'm busy building my Organization. Would be good going from where I was to being a multi-millionaire. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Really good to hear Jonathan!

    Mr. Happy Guy traveling the world living in paradise aka.....me .....was severely depressed for quite a while and even contemplated suicide.

    The Universe often challenges us to be better or bitter when dealing with life.

    I am happy you chose better.

    Totally hear ya man.....keep up the great work!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Really good to hear Jonathan!
      Thanks Ryan. : )
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Mr. Happy Guy travelling the world living in paradise aka.....me ...
      Lol. Well that's something you've earned. (And that's inspiring in itself.)
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      The Universe often challenges us to be better or bitter when dealing with life.
      Well said. One of my favourite quotations that my Brother gave me several years ago (From Ruben Gonzalez) is:
      “The past does not equal the future. Every time we face a challenge we have a choice to make. Will we get bitter or better? Decide to get better. Face the challenge it's there to make you stronger.”
      http://www.thelugeman.com/
      Cheers. : )
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  • Profile picture of the author byalik
    Jonathan...is your income from internet marketing? What types of websites do you run?
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  • Profile picture of the author Xiqual
    Charmed by your recovery story,
    can only stand up and madly clap my hands

    A real spiritual emergency: you did Overcome.

    Better,
    Adri
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    Congratulations, that is wonderful, what a relief and the best is that at the core of it you have spirituality.

    Blessed stillness, quiet and peace. The greatest treasure that I have recently found too.
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  • Nothing like a good comeback story to make a person proud of another even if they don't know each other. What a wonderful remarkable story you shared with us. Thank you, it was pure inspiration.

    LLS
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Thanks everyone. : )

      I thought people may have “judged” me because of my illness however you've all been really friendly and accepting.

      So Thank You. : ) You're part of the reason why this forum is so amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author bnorton2010
    Awesome! It's usually the deepest suffering that causes major transformation. I was in a dark place a few years ago, similar to what you experienced, and it was my greatest blessing. I am a completely different person today. Happy, confident, and on the path to financial freedom. It's really just a choice. I decided one day that I would change for the better and I never looked back. Sounds like you did the same. Keep climbin!
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