Hi, I am Julien Manuguerra, the producer of the breaking point podcast. I am originally French, from Nice. I have been lucky enough to travel a little bit and after 5 years in Canada, I have chosen to move to Scotland in 2014. If I have been a radio producer and a journalist for many years, I now work in public relations.
My inspiration for this podcast is very personal, as I have – like many of us – been through a very difficult heartbreak a few years ago. I couldn’t believe how much it had impacted not only my life but myself as a person, very deeply. I got out ‘different’, scared, hurt and very cynical. In one word, heartbroken. Until I reached a certain point of resilience, I had no idea what to do with all the pain. It was completely overwhelming. At the time, I subconsciously wanted to believe that that pain was unique and exclusive – and it was in some ways. I thought no one could even begin to understand what I was feeling.
But the fact of the matter is that we almost all go through similar experiences. You, people around me at this very moment, friends, colleagues, strangers; we all struggle sometimes when it comes to love. Sometimes an awful lot. I wasn’t the only one then – or ever. Most of us can relate to that pain.
Here is the main reason why I wanted to create this series: I believe that telling those heartbreak stories generates compassion, empathy, understanding and connection. I believe that those shared experiences should bring us closer together.
I sincerely thank all the people who accepted to share their stories. They’ve been remarkably courageous to reminisce about their breakups. They’ve accepted to be vulnerable once again, this time in front of a microphone for thousands of people to listen. This is brave, and purposeful, and beautiful. I am very grateful for that, thank you.
I sincerely hope you’ll find their words as inspiring as I do.
Read more about the idea behind this podcast here