I was in my mid 20’s before I learned the terms sexual abuse, incest, and many more associated terms. For years, I focused on who I wanted to be and do instead of sexual abuse statistics. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to focus on what I wanted out of life instead of what I experienced. When I did focus on labels and what else made me different from others, I had a foundation to return back to and the seeds of life-giving fruit.
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I am confident that we can only be and do what we internalize. If we think we are powerless, then we will be indecisive and stand in confusion. We will allow negative seeds to penetrate our subconscious and become “someone unlike ourselves.” If we believe we are strong, then our choices, majority of the time, we will eat healthy foods, spend quiet time alone, and be active.
It was easier for me when I was younger to see the tests of life. I must remind myself to ask what is it that life wants to strengthen in me instead of feeling sorry for myself or feel that someone is attacking me.