Mad Pride Toronto 2016: There is nothing wrong with me. Something happened to me.

Here is the third piece I have written for Toronto Mad Pride! I am especially attached to this piece and it related to another recent blog post I wrote where I looked at how realistic trauma is portrayed in The Hunger Games. In this piece I come to terms with what trauma really is to, evidence that something has happened to me, not that something is wrong with me. I think many of you will be able to relate.

I was on a constant quest to fix myself so people would like me. I believed that people treated me poorly because I was difficult, sad, annoying, and impulsive. It never occurred to me that the poor treatment I received meant there was something wrong with them and how they saw me as a person. – Kristen, 2016

Here is the link to the full post: http://www.torontomadpride.com/2016/05/there-is-nothing-wrong-with-me-something-happened-to-me-kristen-bellows/

 

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4 thoughts on “Mad Pride Toronto 2016: There is nothing wrong with me. Something happened to me.

  1. I’ve just discovered your blog and want to say thank you. This piece in particular resonated with me. In our culture we can’t or won’t acknowledge mental and emotional scars that are as real as any physical injury. They are all a part of who we are, and ignoring or wishing away the things that happened to you just doesn’t work (I’ve tried.. a LOT). Doing that gives power to hatred and cruelty of the past. Until you realize: “There is nothing wrong with me. Something happened to me.”, these wounds can dominate your life.

    Thank you for all that you are and what you do here with your writing.

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