I have a client who is struggling to hear any of these words. It has been a difficult journey with this person. I care deeply for their existence, for I know these words to be true for them. I know that there is something deep below all their suffering and pain. I know what others see are not the person that they are truly. But sadly, I cannot make this person trust, believe, embrace, and own these words to take a new step into a new beginning. I am not going to turn my back, which would not be true to who I am. If others had turned their back on me through my struggles and pain, I would not be alive today. So, I will be present. It does not make me naive, ignorant, or crazy. It makes me human. It means I know how to be human to others in their worst moments. I think our world would be an incredible place if we spent less time judging people for their wounds and mistakes and lend a hand asking them what they need. Sometimes, they just need someone to sit in silence with them, other days they need someone to listen without suggestions or judgement. Mostly...they need a friend to believe these words for them. If you come to me, I will always give you the benefit of the doubt. I will not walk away. I will not be walked over, but I will be present as long as I can. Do not give up on people. Their stories do not define who they are or their present.
Andrea creates, builds, and offers her teachings and hands on life tools based on her journey healing her body image after a 14yr battle and life of trauma. Her vision always is to help others live a full life with the journey they are given.