In high school your rape weighed heavily on my mind. The disruption of that act of violence carried tremendous tidal force- a real current of pain, deep loss and a shattering of life. Your rape was my earliest teacher about violence.
But it was your survival that taught me about courage. It taught me about faith and determination.
I witnessed you fighting everyday. You fought to get up to go to school. To face nightmares, loss, grief, trauma & doubt.
These acts of courage can go unnoticed, but there can be no doubt that you undertook a hero’s journey.
People who know you can easily behold your beauty, strength, power and a growing self-assuredness as you follow your path to heal others through story. These qualities I believe are intrinsic to your spirit- but they are also hard-won. They are the result of going into the depths of your own pain with courage and determination to find a way to keep living.
There are a few things that I love about you:
You inspire me through the way you live your life
Your radical authenticity
Your true friendship.
My life has been enriched so immensely by your friendship– what else can I say with words.
All my love,