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Sometimes I’m all in for self development and healing and all that stuff. Sometimes, I hate it because it feels like I’m trying to do too much and putting too much pressure on myself to ‘improve’…what’s wrong with me the way I am right now boo? Yeah. I hear you. But right now…we need to be kind to each other and kind to ourselves. We need to support each other more than ever…so be prepared….for the self improvement stuff (which I read a while ago and have not been reviewing with my usual vigour – oh what isolation does!).
Osher Günsberg is the one person in the world I didn’t realise I needed to know more about. Once again, I’m late to the party. I did not know about Osher’s personal battles, or even that he had an amazing podcast (Better Than Yesterday) focused on mental health and self improvement. I knew that I loved Osher. He had a familiar, smiling face, that always appeared friendly and happy. I thought he was attractive with a strong jawline and confident approach. Osher’s biography, Back, After the Break shows that there is so much more than meets the eye.
My history with Osher started with Australian Idol, back then he was Andrew G and it was a great new reality tv show I loved to watch. I then suddenly knew him as Osher and hosting the Bachelor and Bachelorette. Always loveable, always soft. Of course there was a lot more I didn’t know about Osher and his journey. It’s dark and not as glamorous as one would expect. The world of ‘celebrity’, as I’ve learned, is not everything it’s made out to be. There are pressures, mostly put on oneself, to achieve and criticism. Heavy criticism.
It’s interesting and naive to think that Osher wouldn’t or couldn’t struggle and I know better now, with age, wisdom and several university degrees about the subject that mental illness and alcoholism don’t discriminate. You can be powerful, successful, admired and still be struggling on the inside.
I find it admirable when anyone shares their struggles with others, let alone writes a book and puts it out there for everyone to read and possibly criticise. Osher might not recognise this in himself, but his ability to be vulnerable, to share the parts of himself he is ashamed of, as well as his great achievements are what really makes him special and makes his story so wonderful to share. It’s like standing naked in front of a mirror, except the world, as well as yourself, are watching. It’s bloody scary and intimidating. It takes guts to tell everyone when you’ve fucked up, made mistakes and how you’ve overcome the obstacles. Osher, you’ve got some balls mate.
By the way, you didn’t ask me but I’m going to tell you, I would say his greatest achievements to date are his 10 years of sobriety, continued self awareness and ability and desire to help others. There is something to be said about a man that can own his own problems and face them them, dead on. It’s the definition of bravery in my book.
Osher openly talks about his anxiety, alcoholism and how these both affected his personal relationships and day to day life. Would you ever believe that Osher was afraid to leave his home or that he was scared of strangers??? Osher was also in New York during the September 11 attacks, which had a big effect on him at the time and thereafter. Osher also struggled with body image…which really surprised me because he has always looked great in my eyes. I don’t want to give too much away, so you’ll have to read for more, but importantly…
Osher isn’t blasé about the fact that achieving good mental health and self awareness is a daily, sometimes minute by minute effort. There is no quick fix, there is persistence. Like any goal, any achievement, good mental health takes practice and patience. He shares what’s worked for him – hint: exercise, journalling, gratitude, being surrounded by loved ones, as well as professional help. Again, I can’t stress how important his message and continuous journey is… for everyone.
So read the goddam book. While you’re at it, listen to his podcast…Better Than Yesterday, it’s amazing. I particularly love his weekly check ins and find him grounding and calming. Some of his interviews are fantastic too. Most of us have a little more time on our hands and time with Osher is time well spent.
YES its a 5 star review! Even that button won’t work for me right now (that’s what she said…).
Osher Gunsberg, one of Australia’s most loved celebrities, opens up in a powerful, dark, funny and heartwrenching memoir about life, love and living with mental illness. It’s hard to remember a time when Osher Gunsberg (or Andrew G as he was then) wasn’t on TV – he’s just always been there, looking at ease in the spotlight, beaming a big smile, with a questionable haircut. He was there hanging out with The Offspring backstage at the Warped Tour on Channel V; announcing to a national audience of three million people that Guy Sebastian was our first Australian Idol; and later capturing the heart of the nation by hosting every season of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and now Bachelor in Paradise. But while everything looks great from the outside, the real picture has not always been quite so rosy. Osher has always known he’s different to most people. Struggling with anxiety, panic attacks and weight issues since he was young, he tried for years to drink away the anxiety and depression. He ended up unemployed, divorced, suicidal and certifiable on the other side of the world, yet somehow he managed to put the broken pieces of his mind back together and make a life for himself again. He lives with a mental illness – and he’s come to terms with it to live an authentic, rich and fulfilling life. A revealing, raw, funny and heartfelt memoir from one of Australia’s most well-known and well-liked celebrities.