I chased after every "bad boy" I could. I wanted to be the change they desired, the wild fire that kept them in check. I wanted to rule over the city and be a power couple. So I got exactly what I asked for, and I was not prepared. The bad boys I was chasing after were exactly that, bad. They weren't alphas, leaders or had any real ambition. These guys ended up being abusive, controlling and got me into soooooooo much trouble.
While the perks of dating the bad boys were fun; club owners knowing our names, VIP tables, and free food/drinks. I also dealt with the many repercussions. I was addicted to the entertainment, attention and false sense of power.
When you're a victim of abuse you find yourself feeling broken, because that's exactly how you're attacker wants you to feel. You're told what to wear, how to act, what to say, and sometimes what to think. So when you finally break free from that cycle you continue to second guess yourself. You are constantly reminded of how you aren't good enough and most of the time are reminded of how lucky you are to be in a relationship with that person.
You experience things such as; anxiety, depression, displacement of feelings, gas lighting, body shaming and more. It's a constant cycle of building them up the more they tear you down. They make you feel as if everything they do wrong is your fault somehow. And sadly you apologize for everything bc of this.
When someone says they feel broken, it usually means that they've been put down so much that they forget the pieces that make them special. Sadly for most people coming out of abusive relationships it goes way beyond mending pieces back together. This person finds it hard to believe anything positive about themselves, they find it impossible for someone to love them. They don't understand why anyone would want to be with someone as crazy as they feel. It's a constant battle between wanting to be loved and scared for someone to try. And worse, they constantly fight their happiness. They feel as if anything happy is fake or short lived. They wait for that wrong turn around that wrong corner. Always waiting for the bottom to fall.
Loving yourself when you feel broken (or damaged) can seem like a daunting task. It can feel as if you're staring at yourself in along dark cave. Wanting to reach out but also not knowing how to accept the hand. It can feel as if you are all alone but nothing special. And sometimes it takes good friends to pull you out and help get you back on track.
It's a long road but know that you can do it. You aren't meant to live life feeling as if you're just waiting for something to happen or old age to creep upon you. You are meant to feel unloved because you are love. We are all beautiful and this world has just eaten up what makes us perfectly imperfect. We don't need to look better, work certain roles, live certain ways, just to feel accepted, just to feel love. You can overcome this. Even as I struggle with this everyday, I know in my heart that as long as I can learn to love myself, I can also love others.
To to all those that feel damage, broken or unwanted. You are loved. It may not be in a way that you quite understand yet but it's there. Keep at it, keep trying. It will be hard and sometimes you'll feel as if you want to give up, but just keep going.
Much love over and hugs guys!