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My Journey to Recovery

In the beginning, I wondered if I would ever make it
There were periods of anger, sadness, pain and greif; times
when I wondered,
"Why me?"

But one day, there as a glimpse of light, and then another.
The clouds began to break apart, and I started to see
beyond them.
The times when I felt happy and safe began t outnumber the
times when I felt sad and frightened.
New Friendships were formed; feelings of trust and
resolution began to replace past feelings of hopelessness
and self-doubt. I seemed to emerge from the darkness into
the light with a new sense of empowerment.

I now realize that there are things about my past that I cannot change, but I can stop them from controlling my life and my happiness.
I knwo that this part of my lfie willn ever go away entirely, but it has begun to take a less prominet place in my existence. I have begun to allow other thoughts to enter my mind, and I have a better understanding of myself- my strengths and weaknesses.
I'm not afraid to set limits.
I've begun to enjoy life again,
and to think about the future.
I can now look back on this time for what it as- a period of growth, self-discovery and healing.

-Anna Marie Edwards

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