In recent weeks I’ve been talking to staff a lot about transitioning from SafeHope Home back into regular everyday life. Although I still have a couple of months left here in the home, I want to be as prepared as I possibly can. One thing that often comes up is being “normal”. The cycle for trauma survivors often goes from victim to survivor to “regular” human beings. Although the effects of trauma are usually lifelong, trauma survivors still have to learn to function in everyday society, which for me personally, has been a really hard lesson to learn. 

  Having this information, as well as guidance from SafeHope Home staff, I know that once I am living independently, I will still need to participate in therapy and support groups in order to set myself up for success. While not everybody needs to have these things in place to succeed, I have accepted the fact that I need them in order to be able to function “normally” due to my life experiences. A couple of months ago, this reality was very frustrating for me, but I’ve realized that these things are going to be in place to help me. There’s nothing to be frustrated about.

  I’m very excited to transition from the home and live a life that someone my age would “normally” be living. I predict that some things that others may find annoying, I’ll be grateful for because I never thought that I would be able to further my education or live independently at all. I have so many blessings today. I have come such a long way from the person who initially walked through the doors at SafeHope. I would have never been able to do this on my own.

   Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. I will be back next week with more. 

Ciao for now 

Ricky    

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