This week I am joined by a good friend of mine and ex training partner Ray Rowlinson. Ray shares with us his incredible story of abuse at the hands of his father as a child, and his battle with a narcissistic partner which left him a single dad in his early 20’s with full custody of his 3 month old daughter
*The random part at the beginning is a behind the scenes conversation which I’ve included as a funny bonus section before getting started.*
Ray starts off by sharing the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father in front of his 5 siblings and his own mother. How this shaped him as a person which you can now see in all aspects of his life.
He then shares how he was in an abusive relationship with a narcissist who controlled him when his self worth was through the floor. It was the arrival of his daughter which saved him and gave him a renewed purpose to protect her and ensure she had a much better start than he did.
Throughout Ray’s life his traumatic experiences have tested his character and led him to assuming the role of protector. First with his siblings, then with his daughter and expanding out wider into his work.
As a qualified PT and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Ray dedicates much of his life to helping others better themselves and fight off some of the things that he has struggled with.
We chat about happiness and Ray shares how he has now been happy for a long time and it all boils down to gratitude and being grateful for the life that he gets to live.
If you have any questions for Ray or want to find out more about his PT or BJJ coaching services you can find him on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/doublerpersonaltraining/ or search on Facebook for Ray Rowlinson PT.
This Podcast was originally recorded for YouTube which you can watch using this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mCEXXjkvUk
The concept for “Let’s Talk Mental Health” is quite straight forward. To chat with my guest in a neutral comfortable environment where we can be open and honest about mental health issues and talk about our own experiences.
Men need to talk more about Mental Health and this series is looking to address that by showcasing what others have been through and highlighting that vulnerability is a strength.
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