Give life to my Trauma's? No Thanks

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Has anything traumatic ever happened to you?

Describe the scenes surrounding a particular event (Guest Post by Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and the Diva)

Define "traumatic".  

Does having cancer and surviving radiation and chemo fall into the trauma category?  how about losing someone elses child at a mall (don't worry, we found her)? losing your virginity without consent?  Knee Replacements?  (traumatic considering they sawed off the ends of my bones with a jig saw). (I'm recouperated, don't worry)  Divorce?  Your parents divorce?  Getting rear ended?  Flipping a golf cart and breaking your back?  Spinal Fusion?  Being cheated on?  

I guess what I am trying to say is that my life has been chock full of trauma.  But rather than identify myself with these events, I'm trying to move past them.  Looking back on them, I just can't pick the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to me.   I try to move forward.  If I describe the scenes that surrounded the day I was raped, I'm giving it a name because I am remembering it, and that gives it life and that certainly doesn't put it behind me.  It is 40 years later and just in the last few months I've been able to listen to Pink Floyd's dark side of the moon.   

Every life altering event that has happened to me, at the time of the occurance, I try to process it (whatever it is) at the time.  Sometimes with the help of a professional.  Long afterward too, I think about things for a long time, but some how putting it on paper gives these traumas more strength, and to try and picture the surroundings during any particular trauma, well that brings them to life doesn't it? 

No thanks.   I'll take a pass on this one.  


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