What is trauma? Look it up in the dictionary, and you’ll find that it’s “a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.” And you know what? It’s painfully common.
According to the Sidran Institute of Traumatic Stress Education and Advocacy, a mind-boggling 70% of us can lay claim to at least one traumatic event in our lifetime. And right now? That number’s probably far greater given the collective trauma we’ve experienced on a global scale over the last year.
June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month and the perfect time to talk about trauma. So, to spread awareness, here are thirteen of our best quotes on the subject.
Quote 1: To live in the body of a survivor is to never be able to leave the scene of the crime. I cannot ignore the fact that I live here. – Blythe Baird
Quote 2: Someone once asked me, “Why do you always insist on taking the hard road?” I replied, “Why do you assume I see two roads?” – Unknown
Quote 3: Childhood trauma can lead to an adulthood spent in survival mode, afraid to plant roots, to plan for the future, to trust, and to let joy in. It’s a blessing to shift from surviving to thriving. It’s not simple, but there is more than survival. – Unknown
Quote 4: There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds. – Laurell K. Hamilton
Quote 5: Trauma in a person, decontextualized over time, looks like personality. Trauma in a family, decontextualized over time, looks like family traits. Trauma in a people, decontextualized over time, looks like culture. – Resmaa Menakem
Quote 6: An unhealed person can find offense in pretty much anything someone does. A healed person understands that the actions of others have nothing to do with them. Each day you get to decide which one you will be. – Unknown
Quote 7: Heal, so you don’t have to give a sarcastic tone to uplifting messages. Heal, so you never have to make anyone else the object of your own frustration. Heal, so when someone tells you they love you, you may allow yourself to believe them. – Banff Wellness Retreat
Quote 8: If you continue to carry bricks from your past, you will end up building the same house. – Unknown
Quote 9: Your trauma is not your fault, but healing is your responsibility. – Unknown
Quote 10: As every therapist will tell you, healing involves discomfort. But so is refusing to heal. And over time, refusing to heal is always more painful. – Resmaa Menakem
Quote 11: Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose. – Michelle Rosenthal
Quote 12: Now, every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: What darkness did you conquer in your story? Mountains don’t rise without earthquakes. – Katherine Mackenett
Quote 13: Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful. – Unknown
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