I so enjoyed sharing my new book, Where the Water Meets the Sand, with a wonderful group at The Twig Bookstore in San Antonio last Sunday.
I’ve been reflecting on a question posed to me there by a man who identified himself as a neurologist. “Tyra, we often hear that people aren’t given more than they can handle. Do you agree with that? That people are not given more than they can handle?”
I’ve heard that concept all my life, often in the context of religious or spiritual discussions, so my first reaction was to say what I’ve always thought. “Of course not. It’s like an unwritten rule or a fact of life. Or a promise. We would never be given too much.”
But after some contemplation, I’ve changed my mind. I’ve learned from my own struggles with depression and addiction that it’s very possible to be given more than we can possibly bear alone. I would have not survived without my family and the incredible staff at the Menninger Clinic. I could not handle my circumstances alone, and gratefully I did not have to.
I appreciate this gentleman’s question because it also reminds me that we all have potential and gifts regardless of setbacks and stigmas. That’s why it’s such an honor to be able to share my story and advocate for reducing the stigma associated with mental health illness.
I’m excited to continue this mission at the Wimberley Book Festival this coming Saturday, June 11. I can’t wait to meet with other Texas authors and friends who attend. Many thanks to the Texas Authors Organization for its work and support on behalf of all of us writers in Texas.
The event is open to the public and if you are able, I look forward to meeting you there too!