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Yet again I found myself at a loss for words when faced with the horrible things people say to be people in recovery. This is one those.
May was mental health awareness month. Excuse my snarkiness on this month of awareness. Every day is mental health awareness for me. I work on my mental health every single day. And that should be true for everyone.
I am in Eastern Europe on a riverboat cruise. It is the ever continuing journey of who am I now? And how do I live my best life?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.