Big journeys begin with small steps

Each story is different and yet similar. My story is only one amongst many. The common theme is that the abuser expects the victims/survivors to hide in the shadows. There is too much victim blaming and invalidating of survivor’s experiences going on. It is changing but it is changing too slowly to help those who are out there now, as I once was.

Pencil drawing of four female child abuse survivors standing together
Walking Along the Danube Promenade

Walking Along the Danube Promenade

Walking along the Danube at the end of my Eastern European tour I was reminded of the importance of considering the past. Especially when considering how to be in the present.

Stop Yessing All Over The Place

Stop Yessing All Over The Place

Yes, yes, I will do all of the things. I will agree with things that I didn’t even hear. Because that is how I survived. Now I don’t need that. What do I do?

My Fawning “Yes Brain”

My Fawning “Yes Brain”

Anxiety shows up in many different ways for different people. One of my ways is saying Yes to everything. It is a survival tactic for dealing with trauma. Except I don’t need it anymore.

A Poem on Being a Puppet

A Poem on Being a Puppet

I have recently come across some old poetry that I wrote in high school. I have debated sharing these, they were so long ago, and I don’t feel that way anymore. BUT I felt this way as a kid struggling to work through the abyss that is child abuse. It’s important to share.

Am I Bruno?

Am I Bruno?

I am working on sobriety, weekly therapy sessions, and on medication. And yet no one asks about any of my journey. Why is that? Are other’s ashamed of my journey? Am I Bruno?

Bearing Witness to Me

Bearing Witness to Me

But then I started watching and reading other people’s stories; I started bearing witness. And I saw people thriving and living their lives. It gave me hope.

What is most personal is most universal.

Carl R. Rogers

Each story is different and yet similar. My story is only one amongst many. The common theme is that the abuser expects the victims/survivors to hide in the shadows. There is too much victim blaming and invalidating of survivor’s experiences going on. It is changing but it is changing too slowly to help those who are out there now, as I once was.

And so, I choose to stand in the light by sharing my story. I am hopeful that my story will inspire others to do the same. When we are all standing together we will no longer be denied our truths.

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