I take great pride in being an American. It has been very clear to me for a long, long time that had I not been an Abused Child, here in America, I might not have survived. How is that possible, you might wonder. To me, it’s very clear. In our great country, when something bad, unwarranted, or untimely happens to us as individuals, we have the opportunity to seek healing when it ends. It always ends, one way or the other.
For me, the initial healing was to get out of my abusive home and get an education. Our country allowed me, even as a minor, many opportunities to borrow monies to do so through low-interest government loans. I took advantage of that and received an excellent education that has allowed me to earn a good living. That is not the case in all countries. In the years within my classroom teaching, I never once censored what I said. If I was asked a question, I answered professionally, but always with honesty. In our country, we have the Freedom of Speech and I cherish that. It has allowed me to write SPIRIT UNBROKEN to help other abuse victims.
In America, we have also the freedom of “choice.” If we don’t like something than we can strive to change it. That goes with our own lives too. This land is really a land of opportunity in all venues. I embrace my life knowing that I am free to become whatever I choose for myself. I have always known there was and is a way to put bad things aside , but we have to actively do it! As Americans we can either passively sit and wait for everything to be perfect in our individual lives and things to come to us without exerting any effort… or we can make every effort to improve not only our own lives, but those around us.
I “get” Dr. Matin Luther King’s “I HAVE A DREAM” speech…I always have. My own dream is that one day all children will grow up in safety here in our country (as well as all others) and Child Abuse will be a thing of the past. Follow your dreams.
In America we can do whatever we choose, but it requires hard work and dedication. No battle is easily won.