Trauma/drama and dysfunction does not discriminate. There are no particular demographics. This is not a "boy" thing or a "girl" thing. Its not a thing where there is fault or blame although until a generation learns to change the way they view and engage with life we will pass this way of surviving/experiencing life to our children. It is by ending the desire to "blame" that perhaps we will end the perpetuating of the pain. Men blame women. Women blame men. Children blame parents. Parents blame children. When we all stop blaming and start doing our own work to heal our own pain is perhaps when we will have healed enough to have healed the world.
In others words...
Be the change.
When we stop blaming and start making others responsible for the things they do and say, establishing healthy boundaries and begin communicating how their actions affected us instead of shaming and blaming them for how awful our life is today...
That, my friends....
Was a hard change to make.
I wanted revenge.
I wanted to make them suffer the way they made me suffer.
The only thing with that?
Is that made me like them.
The first step to tapping that power is letting go of believing we are still powerless.
Letting go of the blame?
Meant I'd have no one to blame.
To say it another way....
When I let go of the idea that something was "wrong" with me....
I had to look at "ok then - well why am I so f*****d up?"
Its my parents/husband/wife/kids/job/boss/therapist/the mailman, the milkman....I got fired, I was mugged, I was....
When there was no one to blame for why I was in such pain...
I had to go through the pain.
I could no longer avoid it.
When I had no one else to blame...
I had to also become responsible.
No - not responsible for what others have done that hurt me.
Responsible to learn how to deal with that hurt in a new way.
Learning how to let go of the childlike way of blame and hoping someone would rescue me, pay attention to me, understand me....
It became a truth that set me free...
Learning how to be responsible for myself to go through the pain instead of hanging onto it.
(Deep breath here...)
I had to learn how to let go of the past...
that I could enjoy my today
and create my tomorrow.
And the miracle?
Was that in learning to heal myself and "be the change" I wanted to see in the world?
I began to see things change in the world around me.
Hard work; I get that and I'm feelin' it.
I'm right there with ya.
You can do this.
Be-come the creator of your own "best life".
It is never too late.
Here are some other posts from the archives that talk a bit more about the how behind finding my healing and making it ok to let go of the past in order to begin creating my future.
Fighting Forgiveness - the how behind finding the path to forgiveness and my new understanding that forgiveness was about me - not them.
No Longer a Victim and Much More than a Survivor - an excerpt: This is the place where I give responsibility to those who let me down...and take responsibility for becoming the creator of my own "best" life.
Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men an excerpt: And this was the place where I began to understand that as we begin to become the change we want to see in the world - that the world will begin to change.
It Wasn't Me. An excerpt: I was able to understand the difference between understanding that my past life experiences were the reason my life was f***ed up and...using my past as a reason why it is still f***ed up.
"story"? Or "Story"? An excerpt: It was in shifting my Story to be about me, my anger at being violated, my power and my choice taken from me, to feel both the anger and the grief, to tell why this was important to me that I was able to move myself into, through and out of the healing process and give meaning to the backstory by telling MY story.
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