I don’t know about you, but it seems like the word “survivor” sometimes loses its meaning and its power when it gets tossed around. It sometimes becomes more of a label than a force to be reckoned with.
I think it’s time for us to reclaim our power.
This past weekend, I had the honor of helping a good friend and fellow survivor run her first marathon. What has become a relatively easy race for me to run was difficult for her, but one thing above all else propelled both of us forward: our strength as survivors. She was never going to quit and I was never going to let her because we had both been through far worse pain than running.
This is what being a survivor is about. It’s about honoring the vulnerable, hurt victim you used to be by embracing the badass warrior you have become. It’s about pulling along our fellow survivors until they are able to stand for themselves, and celebrating with them when they do. It’s about showing every survivor out there that we each have what it takes to make it through anything, because we’ve already made it through the worst.
I’m hosting my inaugural Mike’s 5k & Rally Against Child Abuse on November 13th. This is not one of those races where you show up, you run or walk, and then you go home. This is going to be a freaking celebration! We’re going to show every survivor out there that we have a right to be joyful! Strength and resilience are in our bones and we cannot be broken! We’re going to show child survivors that we’ve always got their back, and we’re going to show the monsters who rape children that it’s THEIR turn to be scared!
I don’t care if you don’t want to walk or if you think you can’t run. You can dance, you can laugh, you can sing, you can cheer, and you can celebrate survivors.
It’s time for us to reclaim our power. Survivor power. See you out there!