When someone has faced adversity and darkness in their past, in theory that person would eventually develop skills to better help them cope with adversity in their future. There are all sorts of coping skills one could build in a dark atmosphere. Some skills are brilliant and functional, others can be less than functional. I know from personal experience.
I am not stating that my past is filled with complete darkness. There were times light peaked through. I am very fortunate to have experienced many wonderful adventures as a child that many other kids have never dreamed of. However, my life was very bipolar. My life was filled with constant excitement but because of that my body was always in a constant state of “excitement”. At a very young age (as early as I can remember) I acquired PTSD from the countless traumas that I experienced in my family life. The childhood memories that flood to my mind are now endless. Some have always been there but I always thought that they were normal so I never told anyone. This I now know is very typical in childhood abuse and neglect. I am so very thankful that I now realize that these memories are not normal and that I was severely abused and neglected as a child. I did not deserve it and my neglectful parents and caretakers were at fault.
I try to believe that I have a purpose here in this world. I know with certainty that I can dance through darkness and adversity with a smile on my face while others would fall flat on their face in the same step. Perhaps this is a skill that I should harbor deep inside to use only when absolutely necessary.
I leave this blog with some historical photos of USS Bunker Hill which was attacked by Japanese Kamikazes on May 11, 1945. I found out through doing ancestral research a few years ago that one of my Grandfathers served as a Naval Dentist on this ship. He survived the attack (one of the deadliest attacks in US History) and all the adversity of WWII… and here we are today. I was never fortunate enough to meet my Grandfather but I would like to thank him.
Thank you Grandpa!
Featured Image Credits:
Facing the Darkness by Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado – 2015