Thursday 23 November 2017

Conor Cusack: Embracing life helps keep me going

The country needs to tap into the strength of the Gaelic games warriors to finally break the taboo and shatter the stigma surrounding mental health difficulties.

Conor Cusack
Conor Cusack

Conor Cusack

"But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer."

– Viktor E Frankl, 'Man's Search for Meaning'

Why is it as boys and men, we have a fear of crying. If we ever do, we tend to cover our faces or bury them in our hands, somehow ashamed of our tears as we scramble with our hands or a cloth to wipe them away as quickly as possible. When my tears arrive, I let them flow naturally and freely, following their own path like a river cascading down the side of a mountain. It's a delightful, sensuous experience as the tears gently caress and stimulate the nerve endings in my face. They set off on their journey from my eyes, trickle down the outer contours of my nose, sweep past the edges of my lips and with the gathering momentum make their way to the tips of my visage.

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