My Name is Shaun and I’m the author of Chin Up Chest Up. This is the story of how I struggled with understanding and expressing my emotions, since childhood. Being the oldest of 3, I instinctively knew that I had to be strong and a leader for my siblings. My father made sure I was both strong and educated. My mother made sure I was a gentleman and was quick to think, and slow to react. I get my patience from here.
Through the years, I would battle with my emotions because I didn’t know how to express them without feeling weak or soft. I would hold in and tuck away all my emotions for many years, which lead to me eventually breaking. As I began to break, I started to embrace the darker side of life because I had every reason to do so. It was a constant battle day in and day out. I come from a generation of men who were mainly taught to be strong and man up in almost every situation. So when I would have disappointments or sadness, I didn’t know how to express how I felt. It was always, Chin Up Chest Up. Do not show signs of weakness.
But now that I have survived the numerous ups and downs in my life, I’m here to tell my story and hope to help other men around the world.