Trouble doesn’t last but the trauma doesn’t stop. I heard someone say that quote and it resonated with me.
We’ve all had our share of trouble. Everyone has experienced something. Childhood trauma, abandonment, emotional, physical, sexual abuse, death of a loved one, a job loss, a break-up or divorce, a health issue, trouble with the system, jail, a traumatic experience, something you can’t unsee. As you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re thinking about that trouble and maybe you feel the pain of that trouble. The pain you feel is your trauma.
Trauma stays with you long after the trouble is over. The pain of losing a parent or a child never leaves you. On some level, we are all traumatized by something we have experienced. All these things I’ve listed are plus a pandemic. We had plenty of stuff before the pandemic and as my mother would say “it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.” And that’s it, we are broken. As a community, as a nation, and as a world. And broken is broken. We are not in a competition so we can’t compare traumas. My devil is just as real on my level just like yours is real on your level. We can’t measure emotional pain, grief, or trauma. We just need to know that we are all in the same boat. Some hide it better than others and some fake it better but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. We need to remember this and quit judging people that we know nothing about their story. We need to practice kindness and quit name-calling. Life is hard and nobody needs to make it harder. Take care of yourself and love yourself, as you deserve as a traumatized survivor. ❤️