One of the more annoying statements I read about PTSD are the ones telling me that I can be like I was before bad stuff happened. I would need to go back to 4 years old. Silly for me. More important than that why? No one attempts to put a loaf of bread in the oven and expect it to turn back into dough. To even suggest it shows a total lack of common sense. PTSD is an effect of a life changing experience. Why should I act as if nothing happened?
My counselor encouraged me to keep growing. He used the metaphor of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Have you ever noticed that no one expects a butterfly to crawl back into a chrysalis and turn into a caterpillar? A life changing experience is just that it changes your life.
PTSD is part of who I am. However, it doesn’t define me. I am not barred from happiness, relationships, or any of the good things in life. I am learning to manage PTSD. It is part of my life but no longer controls my life. I am learning to thrive.