I am continually in awe of the power of the mind and our innate intelligence. We suppress, deny, do the best we can to survive. Creating the appearance of doing well in some aspects of our lives becomes important.
My 13-year-old self immediately surfaced as a self-styled, happy version of me who appeared strong, capable, and “ok.”
No, it does not work and a part of us can hope it does.
All we have to do is look at our lives and ask - “How far away from who I am, am I?”
The pain-filled family tension that surrounded me on a daily basis, took its toll.
In my twenties, I collapsed - which is common when childhood adversity occurs and there is no support or resolution.