Adrian J Mitchell is an internationally acclaimed poet, and globally recognized as The Poet for Peace. His poetic journey began at a full examination of his inner being, which included his acknowledgement and successful management of being a victim of depression, all the way through to finding a wonderful sense of inner peace and serenity. Adrian has written about this journey and all that has crossed his path on the way in his wonderful collection of poetry, his 6 books, originating in 2011.
Born in Johannesburg in 1963, and raised there until completing university studies in 1985, Adrian lives in Cape Town, South Africa, a very proud and devoted father of a wonderful daughter who he is unashamed to admit is the love of his life. He has various business interests including Aviation, Information Technology, Property and Security.
In the poet’s words:
“Life does not come easily to those who choose to walk the road less travelled, for those who seek in the darkest places for the tiniest hope of light. I hope that I never find it because the search has been wonderful.
I am a poet, and I write because I love expressing what I see with the use of words. I express an emotion from what I see around me, and love to acknowledge my feelings about that by writing a poem about it.
I have been very fortunate in my life, because many emotions have hurled themselves at me, demanding recognition. I have loved, and hated, won, and lost, laughed and cried, lived, and wished to die. I have learned happiness and I have learned pain, and I stand grateful to all of my teachers that I have encountered over my journey.
I have successfully dealt with depression in years past, hence, a lot of my early poems are about depression. I have not written them to make people feel bad, but rather to allow people to read what it feels like to have major depression. To the sufferers, know this; you are not alone, and like me, you can recover to lead a very happy and successful life.
Many people do not understand depression and how dramatically it affects a life. To quote a psychiatrist I once met “Having cancer is better than having depression, because cancer kills you quicker.” Hence, I ask of you, be gentle with those who suffer. It is living hell.
That being said, I write a lot about life too, so there is often humour in a lot of what I have to say. I have a “thing” about inequality, greed, ego and decadence, which I write frequently about it. I seem to live in my dream of peace and happiness for all, and therefore write about that vision often too.”
Adrian J Mitchell is published in ebook format only, which aligns to Adrian’s attempt to use less trees for paper.