4. I Have Had Some Mental Health Challenges
I’m getting better all the time, but I’ve had some significant personal crises in my life. The stress from broken romances, active addictions, failed Ph.D applications, smoking really strong ganja, growing up with an alcoholic, growing up with an alcoholic in Las Vegas, being a late bloomer, voting for Ronald Reagan in 1984, being a Christian fundamentalist, being a Nervous Nelly while coming across as a somewhat confident and together guy, voting for Ralph Nader in 1996, having three psychiatric hospitalizations (two of which were volunteer, the third one, others volunteered me); I mean, Jesus, people, I have been through it.
I’m fine and sleep pretty well and make a living and have a wonderful family and get along with my mother and have some self-awareness. I’m okay. I really am. I like who I am. I enjoy myself. I love writing about my life. I don’t need to relive any of it. Well, I would go back in time and see if I could get a do- over with Julie from Las Vegas. Our 12-hour romance was not long enough. I wrote a song about it. I titled it, One Kiss Romance. I need to finish it.
It’s a stressful job being bishop. And the last thing I need to happen as I ride hard in my mid-life saddle, is to have something go south and wind up in more trouble. It sucks, the trouble. I’ve been there. I know. I’m probably as squared away as I am because of the troubles. I’ve gotten through them them with the love of God and everyone God used get me through. But, between you and me, I don’t need that kind of trouble again.