Trauma Permanently Changes Us, This Is The Big, Scary Truth

Trauma Permanently Changes Us This Is The Big Scary Truth

“Trauma permanently changes us.

This is the big, scary truth about trauma:

There is no such thing as
“getting over it.”
The five stages of grief model marks
universal stages in learning to accept loss,
but the reality is in fact much bigger:
a major life disruption leaves a new normal
in its wake. There is no
“back to the old me.”
You are different now, full stop.

This is not a wholly negative thing.
Healing from trauma can also mean
finding new strength and joy.
The goal of healing is not a
papering-over of changes in an effort to
preserve or present things as normal.

It is to acknowledge and wear
your new life —
warts, wisdom, and all — with courage.”

-Catherine Woodiwiss

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