Declaration of Independence

by Colleen

I am now declaring my independence from all who abuse me.
So many people advised me today to back off and separate from my abusers. And so I did.
So many people advised me today to take care of myself and my inner child. And so I am.
My sister said it was time to embrace those who care. And so it is.
I am often so good at being in denial. I am often trying so hard to be the good little girl, trying to please my abuser, trying to be perfect so he won’t get mad at me, trying to do the “right thing.” But through the crisis of this past week or so, I have discovered that is there is another way to be. And that is free.
There is freedom in truth and freedom in being real. There is freedom in being true to oneself. There is freedom in love. The honest kind of love.The real kind that makes us whole, the kind that does not tear us apart.
My eyes are wide open and I am seeing something I thought I would never see. I am seeing the truth. Truth has invaded my family. And those who want it or need it are thriving. Living free. And those who need to hide from it are in the dark, toxic to me and to others.
And so I will stick with Truth and Love and Freedom. That will be my flag.
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