Reflecting on who you are now is part of the healing process after trauma. And looking back, I can happily say that my present self is the type of person my child self needed.
I am now the person that would’ve protected my younger self.
Reflecting on this is necessary, especially when discussing generational trauma. If you reflect on who you are now and who you needed then, and the two people aren’t the same, consider what you need to work on to become that person.
Because we should all strive to be the person we needed, so that we can be that person for someone else – to protect others rather than sit back and watch it happen like so many did to us.
I needed someone who was observant and noticed abuse, didn’t back down from a fight, and was willing to shut people down to protect a child.
I am all of those things and more.
And, as a reminder, to those who suggest that our abuse made us stronger…
“I was a child. I didn’t need to be stronger. I needed to be protected.”
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