By now, you’ve probably heard the incredibly story of Ted Williams, the panhandler with the golden voice.
It was just last week that he was homeless and begging for money on the side of the highway in Columbus, Ohio. Within days, his YouTube video went viral and offers from the NBA, Kraft and NBC, among others, started pouring in.
I must admit that watching the video of him being interviewed by Matt Lauer brought a tear to my eye. What an amazing, amazing story and I was just so happy for the guy.
So, what does Ted Williams’ story have to do with my going off Prozac?
Well, when I was on Prozac for almost 11 years, I never would have had the emotional reaction as I did the other day.
During my time on antidepressants, I cried maybe five times in over in a decade. Prozac numbed me emotionally. I was never happy and I was never sad. I lived in an emotional prison, like a caged animal, and the only way for me to escape was through drinking, of which I did a lot.
The small things in life, like hearing stories of Ted Williams, made no dent on me whatsoever. Even the bigger things in life, like love, could not penetrate the Prozac barrier.
When deciding to go off antidepressants, I knew that this was not what life was all about. I knew there was a different and better way to live. I also knew that life was not about surviving but living.
Feeling myself getting a little choked up over Ted’s story last week was just another reminder and confirmation that I made the correct decision to go off of Prozac in the summer of 2001.
Many people have been asking about the post I wrote the other day and wanted to know what happened with that Indian woman. So, here’s the update.
I have since seen her twice and we went to go see GlobalFEST last night in NYC. The show was phenomenal (RAM, the band from Haiti might have been my favorite act), and she is a wonderful person. It has only been a short time but so far, it is going very well with her.