Women live through and overcome unspeakable things—workplace discrimination, violence, poverty, mental illness. We all have a story. What I want to know is: what part of your story are you not talking about?
As women, we are so very used to keeping the peace and thinking about everyone else before ourselves. Too often we are willing to suppress those deep, dark details of our stories to protect our families and even the very people who have hurt us.
We’re afraid that standing in our truth and fully owning up to our experiences will damage the people around us. But at what expense are we damaging ourselves?
Telling our stories is our lifeline—whether it’s with a trusted friend, a 12-step group, or an online forum. It’s how we know the unspeakable things in our lives are really happening.
When you tell your story to another human, she can say “That’s not okay!” or “Here’s how I got through.”
If you speak it, you have to face it. And you know what? You have the power to do it.
I invite you to take the first step by sharing your story anonymously here on WomanSpeak.org. See what other readers have submitted in Herstories, our community story bank, and consider using these prompts to help get you started:
- What happened?
- What do you know now that you wish you knew then?
- What would you tell other women going through a similar transition?
- What helped you through the pain? A book? A person? An activity? Time?
- What’s the biggest challenge you’re working through right now?
- What are you most proud of?
- What is something good that has come from your trauma or transition?
Speak up here. What’s your story?
This is a totally anonymous submission form. We ask that you not reveal the identity of yourself or anyone else in your story. Anonymity is intended to maximize our freedom of expression and speech in this public space.