When we tell someone who has endured a trauma to "not think about it," we are actually (and likely unintentionally) dissuading them from healing. By not processing abuse, victims not only are at a higher risk for revictimization, but they can also become extremely ill — mentally, emotionally, and physically.
I’d ask myself, “What is wrong with you?" And I wished I could say, "Nothing is wrong." But I knew better.
“I remember wanting to go to sleep and never wake up. I felt as though my internal world and external world were two completely different places.”
What if being in an amazing relationship, loving someone who shares those same feelings for you, only causes you pain?
I think, for many people, the hardest part of living, much like writing, is the criticism that comes with it.
Why did I share that? Do I just want validation? If so, from who? And why?