I didn’t want to write this, but I did, anyway

Photo by me of one of my favorite places in this world.

Today marks 30 years since I married my abusive ex-husband.

On this date in 1983, my life was irreparably changed.

I’m sitting here staring at the flashing cursor, not knowing what to write.

So I’ll just say this:

I no longer see myself as a DV victim or even a DV survivor.

I see myself as ME. I live my life as ME. I feel present in this life as ME. I feel connected to others as ME.

My life situation is not exactly what I want it to be.

But my inner life now belongs to me. And I’m truly living, every single day.

So I will not grieve for the version of myself who was left behind 30 years ago today.

Instead I will celebrate who I am today, right now, in this present moment.

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