Food has a way of gathering us with our loved ones, making mends with those we’ve disagreed, it can create conversation, make new friends, and teach. Food really is amazing. We can tell a story through it, appreciate it, and sing it’s praises. Food is not unique in that we all need it , but it is one of it’s kind in every culture across the World. There lies the stories, the shared experience of eating and talking around a dinner table is something that connects people. Share a laugh, mourn a loss, celebrate a birthday. These emotions, these milestones, can be remembered through the bonding over a great meal. It’s something that tends to get overlooked, eating is routine and everyday is not a celebration. Finding the extraordinary in the everyday is a gift, when you have that ability to share that view with others is rare. Anthony Bourdain had that gift along with many others. He had an exceptional way with words, his storytelling through food is something any human could be able to relate to. The ultimate foodie, a champion of real travel, seemed fearless and someone that many looked up as an inspiration. Depression has no face.
I wanted to write this for 2 reasons. 1. As an aspiring blogger and lover of great story-tellers and travelers, I felt very saddened by the news this morning of the suicide of Anthony Bourdain. 2. Depression is an ugly word that in a space like a “Travel-Lifestyle Blog” is usually not seen or even whispered about. I recently wrote a post on IG about suffering from depression, and it’s something a lot of us can relate to from time to time. I don’t have any great advice on how to deal with those feelings, except the simple fact of reaching out to someone, be open about it. We all have someone who will listen, even if we don’t think we do.