March 16

Healing from the Shadows: Embracing Love and Acceptance


Healing from the shadows

Healing from the shadows took a very long time. Growing up with a sense of brokenness weighed heavily on my heart. The feeling of wanting to escape life, even to the point of desiring death, became all too familiar. As I watched others interact effortlessly, laughter flowing freely, I felt different and lost in comparison. Childhood became a battleground to fit in, where loneliness and despair overshadowed the occasional glimmers of joy. Yet, amidst the darkness, I found solace in a world of imagination and fleeting moments of connection.

During a period when my family lived with my grandparents, I recall cherished memories of gathering together, shucking oysters, and savoring watermelon. Just across the street, a small wooded area beckoned me with its allure. Those woods became my sanctuary, a refuge from the feeling of growing up broken. Hours spent constructing forts out of pine needles, tree branches, and rocks allowed me to escape into realms of my own creation.

Regrettably, vivid memories of playing with other children or engaging with my siblings are scarce. Perhaps the weight of darkness that followed me throughout my youth, the profound sadness that lingered within, obscured those recollections. This sadness nurtured a profound yearning for love and acceptance, compelling me to seek out genuine connection.

Discovering Love and Acceptance in Adulthood

While I am grateful for my mother’s love, the moments of truly feeling it remained elusive until I reached adulthood. As I embarked on my personal journey of healing, I began to unravel the layers of brokenness that had defined my upbringing. Through self-reflection and inner work, I discovered that love and acceptance must first come from within.

Healing from the wounds of a broken childhood is a process that requires patience, self-compassion, and a willingness to confront our deepest pains. As I embraced my journey, I learned to release the weight of the past and nurture a newfound love and acceptance for myself. It was through this inner transformation that I began to attract healthier connections and cultivate a sense of belonging.

Growing up with a sense of brokenness can cast a long shadow over our lives, dimming our ability to experience love and acceptance fully. However, by venturing into the depths of healing from the shadows and self-discovery, we can transcend the pain and cultivate a profound sense of self-love. Remember that your childhood does not define your worth or your future. Embrace the power within you to heal, grow, and create a life filled with love, acceptance, and genuine connections.


Anxiety, Depression, Lynna K Teer, Mental Health

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