“It’s never too late to tell someone.”
I vividly remember these words spoken by an elementary school teacher of mine. She stated these words often to make students more comfortable talking about bullying and difficult situations in their lives. She would always say, “It doesn’t matter where, when, or what happened. Tell someone.” These words have stuck with me for over 15 years. I remember wanting to tell her or anyone so bad, but I couldn’t. I told myself that I was the shy child who never spoke a word and that’s how it would always be. It’s just who I was.
When I was 6 years old, I was molested. It was on a school bus, a public place, and it happened multiple times over the span of a year. It was something that I thought would never affect me and would just be something that happened in the past. “I’m shy. It doesn’t matter. I’ll get over it. No one has to know,” I would tell myself for far too long. Sadly, it did affect me, but not telling anyone only made things worse. This is not a story of pity or sadness, but a story of growth. The second I stopped believing that I was this shy and weak child and told someone the truth, I began to move forward. When I accepted that what had happened wasn’t my fault, I was no longer my past, I was my future.
To those feeling stuck, lost, and alone, you are not alone. If you feel you have absolutely no one, send me a message and I promise to listen to every word. Whether it is addiction, illness, or abuse, it’s never too late to leave it behind and become the person you were meant to be. The past does not define you. You are not the person you were then. You are the person you are today.
If you need us, your Only Human family is here. Go out there and make this year awesome.
Story Submitted by Amy