Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stephan Jenkins Gets PTSD But Doesn't Have It

Every once in a while, I find myself ready to stop reading something, then read one more paragraph. Something just causes me to not give up on it and this morning was just one of those times.

Stephan Jenkins has become involved in a foundation taking veterans surfing. He's doing it because he cares and because he believes it helps, but also seems to understand why they need the help.

Please read the whole article,  "Frankly, 3EB’s Stephan Jenkins is older, wiser and doesn’t give a damn." 

but here's the basic message.
Jenkins, who has always worked with causes close to his heart, is currently involved with the Jimmy Miller Foundation, an organization that teaches surfing to active-service Marines and vets who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle
“I’m not a therapist,” he says. “I don’t have any training in that whatsoever. But I have an intuitive understanding of what it is to not be here, as in, ‘I’m not with you right now — I’m with my troubles someplace else.’ A lot of these guys are just not home. But when a wave comes at you — you’re not thinking about anything else. You accept that moment and get into a flow state with it. You are present.”
read more here 

Clearly, he gets it even though he doesn't have it.