Oh, this word bounces around doesn’t it! But it’s incredibly slippery. Search engine definitions turn up things like: “the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy“, “feeling happy, healthy, socially connected, and purposeful“, and then there’s this one from Wikipedia:
Well-being, wellbeing, or wellness is the condition of an individual or group. A high level of well-being means that in some sense the individual’s or group’s condition is positive. According to Naci and Ioannidis, “Wellness refers to diverse and interconnected dimensions of physical, mental, and social well-being that extend beyond the traditional definition of health. It includes choices and activities aimed at achieving physical vitality, mental alacrity, social satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, and personal fulfillment”.
Whoa-ha, that’s huge! And actually, all any of us want is just to … be well. We want to discover the Holy Grail of wellbeing but so often we end up like Sir Percival in the old Arthurian legend. He had his troubles growing up then as a youth he set out to find that there Grail, except he’s a bit young and naive and misses it, even when it’s right there in front of him because he fails to ask a significant question. Upshot is: he spends the rest of his life searching for it and only realises it was in full view late in life after having missed out on so many wonderful opportunities.
Wellbeing is often right there in front of us but we fail to recognise it because life experiences shroud it in mystery, or somewhere deep down we don’t believe that we are worthy of it. Perhaps it’s an elusive thing that only the privileged get to enjoy. These are certainly things I identify with, perhaps you see it in another way?
Over the last three years, I’ve moved from the valley of severe anxiety and depression through a tumultuous stage in my life, and I’m now on the hillside where magnificent views of possibility are emerging. I want to explore wellbeing and share this journey with you through my blogs and writing, and I am looking into podcasts and videos too.
Come Join the Adventure
Story and storytelling will be the vehicle for this walk so I’ll be sharing my own and those of others along the way, a Traveling Minstrel if you will (the storytelling singing sort, not the small round chocolatey one but do bring those along if you like them!).
I’m starting out in Dewsbury (West Yorkshire, UK) where I live but these stories will resonate and inform and inspire wherever you are. I would love you to join me for parts of the journey, or the whole lot. It’s a safe way to explore your own wellbeing and see where the adventure takes you.
Get your backpack on then, it’s time to begin.
PS: As I’m in the initial stages of the journey I’ll be blogging as and when. Once I get my footing I’ll blog more regularly and find ways other than my Facebook page to keep you updated on my progress. Comments are enabled below so if there’s anything related to wellbeing that you’d like to to explore, feel free to pop it in the comments – it’s good to talk and discuss along the way. Exciting times!