While putting together my book, I spent a bit of time revisiting the person that I was during the time period that the selections included were written. I can vividly remember the feelings and thoughts, and often events, that prompted me to write each entry, and unfortunately, most of them came from a very dark place in my mind.
However, a few years ago, I finally reached a point in my life where I was able to begin living in the light. While there is still a great deal of darkness inside, I am now able to keep it from overpowering the light that I have found. I see the world much differently, and I am thankful every day that life is about change.
In honor of the person I have become, I am revisiting an old post from my Btrflywngs (Kylee Jones) MySpace blog, entitled “I’m Not Who I Was.” The “friend’s profile” I mention in the first line was my real (Erin) profile (see, now I do not even have to be anonymous anymore).
Many times, I have said that I have been shaped by abuse, but I refuse to be defined by it. Yet, that is not the way I have always seen myself. There was a time when I believed that I was an abused, abandoned, emotionally-scared, unlovable, unforgivable, worthless being. As you can imagine, it was often very hard to live with myself knowing that these things defined the person I was and who I would become.
Somewhere along the way, a beautiful thing occurred – I learned that there is a difference between who you are and the things you have experienced. Labels are the words people (including ourselves) use to define what they do not know or understand. However, once you look deeper, you will find that labels are superficial and can in no way fully describe the person inside.
Another beautiful truth I learned was that experiences are transient. Yes, I have been abused, but I am no longer abused. What does that mean? It means that I was an abused person, but now I am a person who has experienced abuse. However, even that statement is incorrect. Even while I was being abused, abuse was the experience, not the definition of my inner being – I was a person who was experiencing abuse.
In the moment that we learn to separate the actions and circumstances outside of ourselves and our control from the person that we truly are, we are made whole. We no longer see ourselves as incomplete, but as fulfilled. Our perspective changes, and we begin to understand that while we may have experienced many things, the most important part of the experience is the journey to find who we are.
Who am I? I am Kylee Jones, someone who as experienced abuse and emotional abandonment. I am happy to say that these experiences have been transient, and while I may have experienced them in my past, what I do with today and tomorrow is what matters most.