In episode 130 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with twin brothers Connor Smart & Lewis Smart.
Connor is an old friend and former work colleague of our Founder Freddie Cocker.
Connor Lewis are originally from Plymouth. Connor is quite anti-social media and decided to move away from London to start a new life in Lincoln free of as much technological distractions as possible.
Lewis works in public affairs and the two are very much their own men with contrasting philosophies, values and ideas about life.
In this episode we talk about how they grew up together as twins and why they are thankful their parents allowed them to explore and forge themselves as their own unique individuals.
For Lewis’s mental health, we discuss how he developed himself as an individual and learning to strive ahead in life without Connor to rely on for support and why he found that empowering once he’d adjusted.
We also discuss how he views the next stage of his life as he closes in on 30 and the person he wants to be.
For Connor, he was one of the very first writers for Vent. His article was entitled; ‘What Happens After We Talk? Making Sure Our Words on Mental Health Lead to Actions Towards a Healthier Life’. In this article, Connor talked about going to the funeral of a close friend who had taken his own life.
We explore the grief he experienced in this article, what helped him manage it and what men can do to improve and live as healthy lives as possible.
We finish the pod by talking about Freddie and Connor’s friendship, how they instantly clicked as they were on opposite ends of the introvert/extrovert spectrum, carrying a Christmas tree through West London, the ‘Connor correctional curve’ and a whole heap of philosophical discussions through a mental health lens are littered throughout.
As always, #itsokaytovent
You can read the article Connor wrote for Vent here.