Throughout my 32 years on this planet I’ve met only a handful of people like Pierre Lamarche, people who don’t have to say much to you because the sheer presence and actions they undertake says enough. During my anxiety disorder while still keeping the tennis dream alive in my late 20’s, I needed someone like that around me, but the way things were going it seemed there was no way I could attract anything positive into my life.
Pierre had many amazing qualities as my personal tennis coach and as a person off the court, he taught me that it’s important to take complete control over yourself and not just react to life. He was sure in his decisions and he was clear on how his mindset was going to be no matter what scenario presented itself throughout the day. These are things that I completely forgot but was reminded of again as I spent more time with him. For as long as I’ve known him I’ve never witnessed him say “I’m tired,” his energy was contagious and when you were around him your positive emotions were brought up to another level, and with it your confidence in yourself.
I started thinking to myself how was I letting myself go physically and mentally the way I was, why did I give up on life completely the way I did during my anxiety disorder? Pierre was able to remind me of how life should really be lived, and I emulated him and his joyful ways on my road to recovery from generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. I also started noticing two things, my breathing got slower, and my posture started getting much better, two very important keys to overcoming anxiety.