A colleague and dear friend of mine, Marc Dones, authored a piece on t3Threads about his experiences with trauma and the delicate road to recognizing resilience. He speaks candidly about the lifelong task of managing one's memories, awareness, and feelings after experiencing trauma and the undue responsibility put on those who bear it.
"What brought me here is a question I ask myself a lot—sitting in meetings, sitting in my office. The other day the question of why I do the work I do came up and I said, Because I have PTSD and someone I loved very dearly was a heroin addict and so now I don’t know what else to do. What brought me here is that it seemed like there was a lot of work to be done and it seemed like some of it might be my work to do. This reminded me of the first time I was hospitalized. After I’d been there a little over a week and was being discharged one of the psych nurses pulled me aside and said, I want you to know what happened to you isn’t your fault and never will be. But I also want you to know that it will be your responsibility. Only you can put you back together. And that will be the final injustice."
His story leaves off on his current mission to "valorize the small inglorious things that we stitch into our everyday lives". To lift up and celebrate the things in the world that make him resilient.
To read the full article, you can visit t3Threads website here.