I have contemplated long and hard about whether or not to share my story.
I have mulled over the possible negative repercussions, became tentative while contemplating the harsh opinions that may be sent my way. But no matter how dark these possibilities seem, the positive that can come from me sharing my story overpowers the shadows.
Hiding my story gives it power. It is when I am open and vulnerable, honest about my journey of self discovery that I feel strong and closer to my authentic self.
Mental health issues, no matter what they are, are nothing to be ashamed of.
If sharing my story changes your point of view of me, if you send words of judgement and ridicule, that is a reflection of you, not of me.
So here is my story, not told for sympathy, but to fully set myself free.
I have learned through this process that revealing pieces of ourselves, and being honest with one another can be unbelievably therapeutic. Truth and honesty with is a step to taking back the power and starting the process of healing.
I share my story to hopefully inspire the strength that lies within you, to tell yours and push forward in your journey of self discovery, whatever that is. I open myself to you, as a confidant and as a support system.
My stories is told through a series of chapters, as a means to highlight the non linear path my journey has taken, the tools I have gained along the way, and all that I have learned about myself
Truth. Breathe. Freedom.