A journey from darkness to light
NORITA Omar’s journey toward positive living began after recovering from a severe brain injury that is expected to take about seven years to heal completely.
In 2006, Ms Omar was earning a six figure salary as a casino manager when she feel off a stage, hitting her head several times as she fell.
She said the injury caused her brain to swell and made moving, speaking and remembering what she was doing just minutes before seem like an insurmountable task.
In 2010, Ms Omar was struck down again when she suffered another blow to her head, this time during the earthquake that shook Christchurch, New Zealand.
“I fell into a really dark place and began having suicidal thoughts,” she said.
“The way I saw myself back then, I knew I wasn’t a failure and asked myself ‘is this really where you want your story to end’? It wasn’t.
“I went to my neurologist and for the first time shared how I had been feeling and asked for help.
“I remember feeling a strength, a light at the end of the tunnel and that was the start.”
Today, Ms Omar is the founder of Strive and Thrive, a movement that advocates practices of positive living though an online social platform, with both online resources and workshops.
She will present her story at the organisation’s free Positive Life Expo and Workshop at the International On The Water Hotel, Ascot, on August 18
“Positive living is not about being happy and bubbly every day, it is about being OK when you are not OK – it’s about being resilient,” Ms Omar said.
If you are depressed or needing help, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.