Category: Motivation


How can I go on?

Freddie Mercury was dying of aids when he wrote and sang this song.
He must have wondered how he could go on but he did,
and it was the most creative period in his whole life.

If you have a mental illness or are a carer,
there will be times you won’t know how you can go on. But you will.

There are people who believe in you and they will help to make you strong.
You belong, just as I belong and together we are strong.

How Can I Go On Lyrics

When all the salt is taken from the sea
I stand dethroned, I’m naked and I bleed
But when your finger points so savagely
Is anybody there to believe in me
To hear my plea and take care of me?

How can I go on, from day to day
Who can make me strong in every way
Where can I be safe, where can I belong
In this great big world of sadness
How can I forget those beautiful dreams that we shared
They’re lost and they’re nowhere to be found
How can I go on?

Sometimes I seem to tremble in the dark, I cannot see
When people frighten me
I try to hide myself so far from the crowd
Is anybody there to comfort me
Lord, take care of me

How can I go on (how can I go on)
From day to day (from day to day)
Who can make me strong (who can make me strong)
In every way (in every way)
Where can I be safe (where can I be safe)
Where can I belong (where can I belong)
In this great big world of sadness
(In this great big world of sadness)
How can I forget (how can I forget)
Those beautiful dreams that we shared
(Those beautiful dreams that we shared)
They’re lost and they’re nowhere to be found
How can I go on?

How can I go on? How can I go on? Go on, go on, go on


The 2013 NSW Carers Awards


A life that matters

A Life That Matters

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters. It really matters!

Michael Josephson


O is for one – Andrea Bocelli


One life is all we get:

Dare to live it well.

Dare to live

Try looking at tomorrow, not yesterday and all the things you left behind

Dare to live, until the very last
Dare to live, forget about the past
Dare to live, giving something of yourself to others
Even when it seems there’s nothing more left to give


What makes you happy?

It’s no longer acceptable to believe that simply getting by in life is an indicator of success in life. Success has become life’s greyhound rabbit, a moving target forever out of reach. This is because as human beings we are innately materialistic and competitive. When we get something we want there is always a new target to aspire to: a nicer house, a better car, more money and so on. It is the same for happiness. They are both inherently elusive.

I suspect that true happiness might actually be nothing more than a few cheap laughs from the TV and a late night run to petrol station for a Cornetto and a packet of chips. A conversation with a friend. A nice email. Having a hair cut. Doing something nice for someone else. Remembering someone’s birthday. Looking after a child with a disability or a mental illness and not getting all bitter and twisted about it. You don’t have to be happy about it to be happy (if that makes any sense).

Would mediocrity make you happy?  Mediocrity. n. ~ (from the Latin mediocris) An easier state of being; a life more ordinary. According to this definition, mediocrity is about are moderate happiness and self-acceptance, and that is my goal. Mediocrity is not synonymous with not trying. It is not about being indifferent. It is not about lowering your expectations of life. It is about celebrating everyday pleasures, the regular, normal, commonplace, average, mundane things in life.

Success is as dangerous as failure. Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your position is shaky. When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance. (Lao Tzu 604-531BC). Most of us will end up with an ordinary life: a handful of people who care about us, a few randomly timed opportunities, a bit of luck now and them, an assortment of indescribable moments of bliss, and loads and loads of challenges. And that’s OK. It’s ordinary. It’s enough for a successful life, a happy life. A life that I want.

Blues music makes me happy. People who take me just as I am make me happy too.

What makes you happy?


Into the deep end

‘Remember the high board at the swimming pool? After days of looking up at it you finally climbed the wet steps to the platform. From there, it was higher than ever. There were only two ways down: the steps to defeat of the dive to victory. You stood on the edge, shivering in the hot sun, deathly afraid. At last you leaned too far forward, it was too late for retreat, and you dived. The high board was conquered, and you spent the rest of the day diving. Climbing a thousand high boards, we demolish fear, and turn into human beings.’

Richard Bach – A Gift of Wings


Better ashes than dust

‘I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’

Jack London – The Bulletin, San Francisco, California, December 2, 1916, part 2, p. 1


Anne Naylor’s bipolar book

This is my book cover. It is a bit small and hard to read here, but you get the general idea.
I am so happy with the way my paintings turned out – the colours are really vibrant.
There is a synopsis and sample chapter in the new ‘My book’ page (see the tab above).
I have also changed the text in ‘My bio’. Let me know what you think.


The Road

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

(Traditional Gaelic blessing)

‘The road – Acrylic on canvas 700 x 1000mm 


Art from adversity: A life with bipolar

My book is finished. It will be published next year in April/May.

Art from adversity: A life with bipolar is an illuminating, uplifting and entertaining memoir about adversity, mental illness, bipolar disorder, Down syndrome, creativity and art. It is divided into two parts: the first a collection of personal stories and the second interesting and useful information about bipolar disorder, and informal advice for carers.

 “This book is written with great courage and amazing creativity, and by telling her stories Anne is leading us out of the shadows towards a stigma free word where mental ill health will be as well understood, accepted, funded and overcome in the same way as physical illnesses like cancer and diabetes.  Australia is showing the way in this international challenge and the courage of individual stories like Anne’s if told enough and listened to enough will change the world.”

Professor Patrick D. McGorry AO, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRANZCP
Australian of the Year 2010

“This is an inspiring book in which Anne has drawn on her own experiences to educate and inform others suffering from bipolar disorder. Her use of narrative, paintings and poetry is engaging and illuminating. It is an excellent addition to the literature on bipolar illness and a brilliant read.”

Professor Gin S Malhi MB ChB BSc(Hons) MD FRCPsych FRANZCP
CADE Clinic, The University of Sydney

For more information about the book, watch this space …

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