That was the day I took the first step towards taking my life back.✨
This post comes up in my social media memories every year. And every year, I’m thankful.
Watching the #gabbypetito video where she’s so distraught brought back many emotions. I knew what was wrong with her the first time I watched.
I recognized Brian Laundrie’s behavior for what it was. His dismissal of her. His blaming her. His charming of law enforcement. His “she’s crazy” comments.
All of it felt like a rerun of my story.
I recognized Gabby’s feeling of hopelessness, and the struggle of wanting help, but not wanting to get the person whom you care about in trouble. She took the brunt of the blame and withheld the truth. And I knew where she was at in her head.
It’s a crazy mixed up place to be. At the time, you know you aren’t helping yourself, but you think you are helping the other person. You just don’t know what to do or how to walk away.
And then one day, you’ve had enough. Someone says, “you don’t have to do this anymore mom.”
And you find strength and courage in their resolve.
Similar words had been spoken by another child, years earlier. But they were very young. Wiser than me. Though I didn’t know it at the time.
The formula for regaining your life when you are in a pit is simple:
Listen to the people who won’t steer you wrong. No matter how young or old. Hear them and take action.
Don’t listen to the one who hurts you.
It’s that simple.
The work is difficult and the road may be long, but you can do it. #walkaway