Who is Lil' Mo Big World?
Like most of us, Lil' Mo Big World’s career has consisted of many different jobs. She once worked as an EMT with limited success. She’s good at CPR, but she’s really a little too small to be lifting people on to stretchers. After that, she took a job as an office manager for a distributor of high-fashion clothing. There, her fashion sense was a great asset but her appearance scared many of the models. Eventually, she found success as a professional fundraiser for a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness of, and preventing, suicide.
Lil' Mo Big World was so successful working for the anti-suicide charity because of her life experience. She is a suicide attempt survivor. We won’t try to list the problems she felt could be solved by suicide. Frankly, suicide attempts are often less about problem-solving than about pain, loneliness, alienation, and despair. Sometimes the stresses of living, combined with loneliness, can create crushing pain. And it can look like there’s only one way to make the pain stop. If that pain happens to occur at a time when a person doesn’t have some something to balance it, like a support network, a close family, or even religious faith, then the person might not survive it.
Experience has taught Lil' Mo Big World that balance is the key to survival. She accepts the dark times as part of her, but she works continuously to create the strategies to balance the darkness. In addition to family and her support network, she relies on two principal strategies.
Strategy 1: Physical Activity. Lil' Mo Big World is a marathoner and triathlete. When she was trying to make sense of her bipolar illness, she knew she would never escape it. So she decided to find a way to embrace it. The mood-altering effects of alcohol or drugs are both futile and unhealthy. But most athletes will tell you that you can control your mood by working out. Lil' Mo Big World laced up a pair of sneakers and went for a run. She has been running (and swimming, and biking) ever since. She has found that a good training program creates a sense of belonging, a sense of accomplishment, and sense of pleasant fatigue. There’s also the “runner’s high” that she often enjoys around mile 15.
Strategy 2: Fun Clothes and Bright Colors. There’s a reason Lil' Mo Big World so often wears polka dots. Life includes moments of fun, and polka dots remind you of those moments, even as they promise more of them to come. While checks, paisleys, plaids, and stripes are all about symmetry and control, polka dots are about laughter and adventure. The dictionary says that fun is that which provides amusement or enjoyment, but dictionaries can be stuffy. Lil' Mo Big World says fun is laughter and adventure. And in her dictionary, there’s a picture of polka dots next to it.
Lil' Mo Big World has made it her mission to share her wisdom with the world. She wants people to keep their balance, even while they embrace laughter and adventure. She wants her clothing and other product designs to remind people to stay balanced, to laugh once in a while, and to wear polka dots anytime they can. Mental health is no laughing matter, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun learning and sharing with one another while rockin' some cool designs! Lil' Mo Big World is here to help us do just that!
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