You’re here looking for that picture aren’t you? 😉 Come back Friday! Today, I’m sharing part of a deeply personal story in hopes that it helps someone out there.
One random day as a kid I was watching Rugrats while sitting on my grandma’s dirty orange, nasty, crusted, yet somehow homey 70s carpet, and I had an epiphany that I was going to be soooo old by the time my golden birthday hit…but I was excited, even then. No other birthday mattered, except the fact that it was another year closer to that much anticipated day. Here I am a day away from turning 27, and I’m looking forward to my golden birthday more than I ever imagined was possible.
Here comes the hard part. 100% truth? I’m shaking as I type this, but I know sharing this could end up being a good thing in hopes of making a difference for those that don’t feel like they have a voice.
A little over a month ago, I almost lost my life to the hands of a man I thought I could trust. I remember the exact moment I thought he was going to end my life, and while I so vividly remember how it felt that it haunts me, I can’t find the words to describe to you the feeling of helplessness I experienced.
I’m not going to go into detail now, because the case is ongoing. Just know that one day I will. A few things though: 1. He is in jail 2. I am safe 3. I am getting the help I need. And lastly, please don’t feel sorry for me. I’m going to be okay. Instead, say a prayer for those that are still fighting and for those that don’t get to tell their story because their fate was so terribly different than mine.
I want to be a voice for the ones that have had theirs taken from them. I’m not sure how I am going to do that yet, but I thought this would be a start. Facebook started this thing where you can select a charity to donate to for your birthday. I selected The National Network to End Domestic Violence. If you feel like you can, I would love for you to go to my page and donate for those that need to be heard.
With that, if God’s grace allows, I will get to celebrate my golden birthday in just a few short hours. So many emotions are flowing through me but mostly I am grateful. I had no idea as a little girl sitting there watching Rugrats excited for this day just how much it would end up meaning to me.