“Be who you needed when you were younger”
These few words carry the weight of the world for those of us that were hurt as children. Some of us were left behind, forced to carry too much, or were physically and emotionally hurt. Broken from birth at the hand of those who were meant to be our source of love and safety.
They held the most precious key. And they lost it. That irreplaceable, sacred key, misplaced somewhere within their own damaged hearts, spilled down on them from generations past. That damage set a course for our innocent little souls and cemented our destination into the darkness that is our now.
We work daily to find the detour from that path. And in doing so, we must provide ourselves with the pieces from childhood that were taken from us. Speak to ourselves as we wish our parents had. Be patient and kind when the world feels too big and too frightening. Hold our trembling selves and gently whisper in our ears, “I’m here, I love you, you are safe.”
Though that sacred key may have been misplaced, it is not hidden. It exists within the little child that has never left you. Look closely, you will see it glisten when the angle of the sun hits you in just the right way, hold onto it with all your might. And never let go.
(Quote by Janis Ian)