This photo is of me wearing my turtle shell costume a few weeks after being sexually assaulted at work. I don’t even remember the date anymore.
At the time, I was told to “deal with it! And NOT make any waves!” In the small community I was living in.
There are many times in life you walk alone. There are many times in life when no one stands up for you.
Having these experiences makes or breaks you, the choice is yours.
By not having anyone stand up for me, it has helped me notice others and stand up for them - even though I didn’t know how. I still don’t know how or what to say, but doing something is better than doing nothing!
Maybe it’s the full moon, or maybe it’s the hot weather! Today I woke up reflecting on graduation.
In all honesty I have never had one. I’ve graduated from plenty of things, but never celebrated it.
I have mixed feelings about the small graduation class I am part of. As of now, I am the only one attending for me. The people I invited are not able to attend for various reasons.
Believe me folks, even professionals have issues!
There seems to be a pattern in my life with graduations. People support and advocate for me to take a course, but at graduation time they disappear. Even my hypnosis certification was unceremonious.
On the 28th of June I will go to the graduation “ceremony” walk across the stage and see what all the fuss is about.
I have met many highly educated people who have done nothing with their achievements, so please don’t pity me! As stated earlier, I have graduated from many things, but I have also applied that training to my life. I’ve just never had the ceremony.
I know that when my hypnosis students graduate, they will know they have accomplished something. Even though I have not met them yet, I am proudly standing up for each one of them and cheering them on!
For anyone reading this - Keep working towards your goal(s). When you reach them, let me know! I’m cheering you on and am happy for you!
Go YOU! Yeah YOU! RahRahRah!
P.S. I do have a "Graduation Turtle" in my collection:)
Jessica L Hanson CHt. LLC