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!