“Healing is really about living. It is not all about therapy. The work we have done has helped me live more of the life I want to live.”
I was struck by this when I read it. It seemed to capture the essence of my journey into therapy, and my healing so far.
For the longest time before I entered therapy, I felt like something was holding me back – like this quote from Alfred D’Souza:
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first…”
I first got the idea of therapy from a colleague, who suffered from anxiety and saw a therapist. I saw her grow in countless ways. I thought may be therapy could help me, too.
And then I changed jobs and put it all out of my mind… until things started spiralling out of control in my own life.
When I entered therapy I didn’t even know there was “healing” to be done. I just knew I was becoming unhinged and I didn’t know a way out. I was stuck, with day to day stuff, let alone the life stuff. And then the Wonder Therapist – who always knew there was something to heal – poked around and I too learned there was more to be done than just getting “unstuck”.
At times I forget that “healing is really about living”, but it is. It’s about losing the barriers and obstacles, so that I can live the life I want to live – removing the “walls” I showed in my entry for Expressive Arts Carnival No 5. Paul’s right, it’s not just about the therapy, though this is an important element for me – in my healing, and in guiding me to the life I want; the life that’s been inside me for always, but trapped by all the heinousness of the past.
Thanks, Paul, for the reminder. I’ll treasure it.