Missy D. Shares an Uplifting Recovery Moment

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personal excerpt from a journal

Today was so great. It was kind of hard to let myself be happy in the beginning, but it got a lot easier later. I had fun chopping the wood for the fire and just helping everyone out. I put down some wood to make a path so we didn’t get as muddy. It was so nice to contribute. Playing softball was super fun! My new friends Shannon and Karina are good players, so it was great! I almost got smacked right in the face and I had to pull out some matrix moves! Lugging all the stuff up the mountain was actually fun too. Still sore from the gym but it felt so good.

I’m just now embracing who I really am. This time around I can feel the force in me pulling me forward. I’ve realized I was living with my eyes wide-shut. I literally felt them open while sitting in the woods. I am so lucky, so blessed to be here and alive again. This icy waterfall I’m engaging with speaks to me. The water is raging just like how life can be, but there is so much power and beauty within it. You always have a choice — fight the current or let it run wild, open, and free.

The balance I’ve found will stay with me for life, just as this memory of sitting on this fallen tree up in the mountains by this amazing waterfall, with the sun shining through the clouds and crisp air brushing my face will.

I’m so proud to say I’m no longer “stuck.” I’m as pure and open as the bright crystal blue sky above me. And that’s all I needed to allow myself to be freed.

– Missy D.

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