Today’s prompt in the 30 Day Self Harm Awareness Challenge asks
Is there anyone you consider to be an inspiration in your recovery?
I draw most of my inspiration from other bloggers; for example, Marci, Mental Health and More, Pride in Madness, Many of Us, Diary of a Social Phobic, Panic Disordered. Their stories are a continual source of inspiration as I continue my journey toward recovery. Even if their story doesn’t necessarily revolve around self harm, without them, I don’t think I would be where I am today. I certainly don’t think I would have been self harm free for as long as I have been. Visiting their sites, reading their inspirational words, gives me the strength I need to keep going, to keep battling.
As for people outside of the blogosphere, people who have inspired me in my recovery, we’re talking few and far between. Grace, would be one person who inspired me. In the short time we were friends she fought her own demons, and through those skirmishes she gave me courage and confidence to persevere with my own battles. Samantha, also, is someone who gave me a tremendous amount of support and kindness when it came to my self harm. She would listen to me when I needed to talk about it. Never judging me. Never holding it against me. Just supporting me. Just being the distraction I needed to conquer my pain. My mother is also someone who has given me inspiration in my battles with self-injury. Like Grace, she too has battled the demons of self harm, and she has found a myriad of strategies and mechanisms to help her cope, strategies that she has shared with me so that I could work toward reigning in my self harm urges.
To all of these people, both in real life and the blogosphere, I extend gratitude from the bottom of my heart. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be self harm free for eight months, two weeks and four days. I wouldn’t be anywhere close to conquering my self harm urges. So thank you, truly. You are all a source of tremendous inspiration for this troubled soul.