"If you spend 102 days completely focused on ONE thing you can achieve miracles. Make a film, write a novel, get MMA ripped, kick heroin, learn a language, travel around the world. Fall in love with someone. Get 'em to love you back." —Patton Oswalt
After winning a gold medal in 2000, Anthony Ervin retired from swimming and auctioned off his medal before hitting rock bottom. Years of depression, suicide, drugs and hopelessness led him down a path of destruction. Now, 35, Ervin has overcome even the worst of his demons as he leads the 2016 U.S. Swim team in Rio de Janeiro.
I’m not scared to talk about suicide anymore, I’m scared to stay silent. Silence is what fuels my depression. Silence turns thoughts into obsessions, and obsessions lead to actions. Silence is the deadliest weapon of all. Silence kills. I know my silence will kill me. And I don’t want to die.