Back to the F**kture: Sarah Wilson

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The Future Laboratory co-founder Martin Raymond speaks to Australian author, broadcaster and entrepreneur Sarah Wilson about the importance of fostering resilience. 


Life is f*cked – then you make it happen. I overheard this once in a bar in Melbourne, and when I think of Sarah Wilson this phrase always comes to mind. Not that her life has been f*cked – if anything, the opposite is true – but her journey through it is a constant reminder to us all that when the chips are down the only person who can save the game is YOU. With, of course, a little help from your friends, and in Sarah’s case, we’re talking the Dalai Lama, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé. I’m sure you can imagine who I was most impressed with (Beyoncé). 

In her latest book, This One Wild and Precious Life, we encounter many such friends and experts – 1,000 of them to be precise. All  are helping Sarah – and us, it turns out – to do one thing, and that’s to make a meaningful life happen: spiritually, physically, but crucially in terms of how we build up our resilience to the many slings and harrowing moments that life can throw at us. 

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13 October 2023

Author: Martin Raymond



But harrowing in Sarah’s case doesn’t mean failure. When I first met her in the noughties she was at the top of her game, everybody’s game for that matter. She had been the hallowed editor of Australian Cosmopolitan, went on to present Masterchef Australia,  launched one of the best food addict platforms ever – I Quit Sugar – wrote a best-selling book about depression, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, and then, in 2018, as the anxiety and depression she describes in her book took hold, she ‘sold her company, donated the proceeds to charity, packed a rucksack and set out on a three-year global journey of reflection, discovery, resilience and looking to nature’ as a way to reboot and mend her soul.

‘Mending the body,’ as she puts it, ‘can be a lot easier – diet, exercise, cutting out crap foods – the things I learned during my I Quit Sugar years. But developing a resilient soul and mind – that’s a lot tougher.’ Especially if, during those years of anxiety and uncertainty, the black dog of depression is forever growling in the pit of your stomach when outwardly you appear to be at your most vital, successful and buoyant. ‘And yet, without people knowing it, I had hit a point of rupture. I was suicidal.’

But that sense of hopelessness, as regular readers of LS:N Global’s trends such as Synchronised Care or Recuperative Living will know, unlocks a new kind of resilience and wisdom. To find out more, listen to my full podcast here.

And to find out more about Sarah Wilson and her life, follow this link. You won’t be disappointed!