Everyone of us has a story to tell, a story about our life, how we came to be the way that we are. More often than not, the way we see ourselves is based on this story. It forges our present-day identity.
If you’re like most “normal/happy-go-lucky” people, chances are that you will have a pretty cool or riveting story to tell.
However, if you’re like me and/or suffering from some kind of long-term psychological malaise, chances are that your story will sound like some kind of Shakespearean tragedy.
The good part about this is that it gives you a sense of safety and knowledge. Heck, it may even give you an illusory sense of grandiosity and power.
The problem with this is when this particular story becomes pervasive and keeps you stuck in life. You may start acting like a victim. Maybe it’ll keep you locked in a fuzzy and familiar comfort zone where you’re afraid to try new things; you get the picture.
Eventually, I realized that this old story that I keep rehearsing in the back of my mind just isn’t cutting it anymore. I need to change it somehow. Maybe not delete it altogether, but start to shine some light onto it. To find the silver lining.
‘Cause it’s just too hard living like this. I don’t want to live the rest of my life with anxiety and PTSD-like symptoms. I wanna live fully!! Don’t you?
So the new story that I would like to write has to be a comprehensive one; i.e. a story which includes all aspects of my life and puts things in perspective. In a more positive way.
‘Cause someone wonderful once told me “the best revenge… is a happy life”.