One of the major takeaways I learned from this experience is that I only have one body and one mind. As much as I’d like to think my body is a time traveling machine with an extended service plan, it is simply not true. I can only be in one place at one time, and if I am sick or my mental health is shaken I have to make time for myself to heal. Learning the boundaries to your resilience is self-love.
I made a 4 hour trip to Baltimore MD in my gently used car. I could feel adrenaline, excitement, and earnestness overwhelm my body in the way a young person might feel while getting dressed for a school event. If I don't get dressed quickly enough maybe my mom might change her mind. My sub-conscience [...]
Men play a critical role in the lives of women whether biological or by way of love. As I look back at the relationship I had with my stepfather, I know he was endearing, he loved and respected me. He was far from perfect, but he has taught me how mental health issues can be dormant or manifest themselves in different ways. If you never get to the bottom of your own problems, you'll spend your life fighting off demons until it's too late.