You are scared. Scared that your days are running out. Scared that the only thing you will know are the pain and trauma of abuse. You hide away parts of yourself and put on the masks, pretending to be normal, pretending to be ok but inside you are dying. You have read the books and talked about the incident, or maybe you haven’t; but you are tired of rehashing it whether to others or in your thoughts. Most of all, you are tired of living with the lasting impact. You are tired of the darkness it brings. You do not wish to just survive anymore, you do not want to pretend anymore. You are ready to truly live, to uncover your authentic self, to be happy and free from the shadows of the past.