Bearing Witness to Me

Bearing Witness to Me

Witness to Survival Bearing witness to others’ stories helps me know that I can survive. So I watch, listen to, and read about others’ stories to see how they survived their abuse. Almost as important as surviving, is how they lived afterward. How they...
The Importance of Sharing My Story

The Importance of Sharing My Story

Being Vulnerable Bearing witness is sharing the parts of ourselves that we have hidden from the rest of the world. I survived by hiding myself, my pain, and my abuse.  As I walk this path, I realize how important it is to continue sharing my story. To bring...
Spring is the Time

Spring is the Time

I was spiraling this past weekend as I wrote in Depression Spiral into Darkness. I went out hiking instead of the many things that my brain was telling me to do. It’s springtime here in the south. The forest is beginning to come alive. The vibrant colors of spring are...
Depression Spiral into Darkness

Depression Spiral into Darkness

I have been pondering how best to write what I am about to write. It is never easy to sit within the darkness of one’s mind, which in this situation is my mind. I don’t like it, this darkness. I never realized how dark my mind could be until it wasn’t for a while. It...
Rest Peacefully, My Friend

Rest Peacefully, My Friend

Rest Peacefully, My Friend An old friend, L, passed away recently. Unfortunately, I don’t have the details except what her sister posted on social media yesterday. And that information was vague. She “died peacefully in her sleep.” I hope that is true. L deserved...
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