I heard someone say recently…
When something bad happens, You have to look it in the eye to break the spell.
That’s what I try to do. That’s what Jace is trying to do. Look it in the eye. That’s what we all try to do here, at CAGE. It’s amazing to me how many people I have spoken to, all the stories I have heard, all the lives that have been ruined. It’s a lot to hear, a lot to process, a lot to hold on to.
I was recently reading the FAC newsletter, with the comparison of what we are all experiencing as being a form of PTSD, only it’s ongoing. That was the same conclusion my therapist and I had reached earlier this year. There is no recovery – it’s a game of endurance and resilience. You can’t actually recover until it’s in your past. The only option you have while stuck within the trauma is to employ self-help, and the help of those sitting next to you in the trenches.
And yes, you might have to lose a bit of your soul to get through it. Like a wolf chewing off its own paw to escape the trap…our minds are not made to withstand constant threat, sadness, despair. And yet, on we press (just for you Audra). Humans have persecuted each other, in both small and large ways, since forever…. this is just the travesty we are living.
The thing is to not stop moving forward. That means grouping together to fight the evil. Bringing awareness to our cause. Not lying down and curling up in a ball (well not for too long) and letting this ‘bad’ happen to others, continue happening to others, without our raised voices calling it out for what it is!
We are the good people. We look this in the eye. We don’t pretend.