One of the most empowering, and terrifying things for me is being able to share my story not only here on this blog and on Twitter, but also on other sites. Talk about making yourself completely vulnerable!
However, when I started this healing journey in 2015 I knew it was going to be difficult and there were going to be times when I would have to take a leap of faith, so to speak, and really put myself out there. That’s how I felt with the first blog post here on Surviving My Past. And now that I’ve taken that step and many more since, I’ve began trying to get my story out on some amazing sites who share the passion for Mental Health awareness and/or that want to reach people across the world with a variety of important topics.
The Good Men Project is an online community where men come together to “talk about the conversation that no one else is having“. Good Men Project was founded by Tom Matlack in 2009. Tom set out to collect men’s stories about the defining moments in men’s lives. What he discovered was that the connected idea between all the stories of the men that Tom talked to was that there was a moment when each man “woke up, looked in the mirror and said ‘I thought I knew what it meant to be a man. I thought I knew what it meant to be good. And I realize that I don’t know either.’”These are the types of stories about men that “change the writer and change the reader.”
I was turned on to this site by good friend Athena Moberg, who suggested I check it out and I”m so glad I did. Thank you my friend! You rock!
Once I began reading the stories on this site, I was hooked and I knew that I wanted to share my story of survival from childhood sexual abuse, in hopes of reaching others who may be living in shame and fear, and have been afraid to speak out and ask for help. I know how much writing and sharing is helping me every single day, and if I can reach even just one other person because of my story, that’s one more person who can realize that their hopes and dreams of healing are attainable. They can hopefully one day realize that there’s nothing to be ashamed of with any type of Mental Health disorder or past trauma.
Thank you so much to Dixie at The Good Men Project for working with me to get my story out there and published today. I’m honored, humble, and so grateful to her and everyone in the organization. I hope you’ll check it out and be encouraged today! No matter if you are a man or a woman, we can all be encouraged at anyone taking steps to speak out on important topics that need to be discussed.