Monday, July 25, 2011
One thing I promised myself many years ago was that I'd never allow myself to be the statistic that society says I should be. Just because I've been abused, it doesn't mean I will abuse or that I'll become addicted to drugs or alcohol or that I'll be afraid to achieve anything less than success. That's not to say it's been easy. There have been times when those tapes start playing in my head--you know the ones filled with negative statements or that beat me up--and it's difficult to turn them off. But I have to. And so do you.
You may remember in early June we had author Madeline Sharples visit us with a guest post on her experience of raising, and losing, her child who lived with bipolar and other mental health issues. She didn't allow that experience to define her life or to change her. She used it to move forward and help others. That's what I hope to do too. I am honored to be a guest over at her incredible blog, CHOICES, discussing the importance of defining ourselves. I'd love for you to check it out, leave a comment and/or share it with anyone you think may need that support right now.
Until next time...