Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins.  The rest is still unwritten.

Natasha Bedingfield

When I look back at my life I can see the many ways my childhood sexual abuse shaped me, my decisions, relationships and path in life.  It can feel as if the abuse created a direction and destiny which I could not escape.  It was as if I was a character in my own life story which someone else wrote in the ink of abuse.  I did not choose what happened to me.  I had no power to stop it. I was a victim. 

  While recognition of my victimization was a necessary step in my healing journey, it was not the end. As my healing progressed I moved from victim to survivor.  I realized that I was a victim no more.  I have power over my life, my choices, my decisions, my feelings.  I can protect myself, celebrate my healing and love the person I am becoming.  This moved me beyond surviving to thriving.

We can become the authors of our own story, a story which is yet unwritten. There is so much of life available to us.  A journey with unexpected twists and turns, surprising revelations, moments of joy and sorrow, experiences of peace and love.  We are meant to thrive.  To celebrate and revel in the life we can yet still live. 

As Natasha Bedingfield sings: Live your life with arms wide open. Today is where your book begins.  The rest is still unwritten.

You can do this! We can do this! Time to write our own life.

Be well.  Stay Safe.  Take good care.

Mike

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