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Ready to Experience Love

7 comments | February 9th, 2012

(story submitted by abbie, a 16 yo Chestist)

The stories you all send us here @OOC seems to go in waves.  Lately, we've gotten more than a few from some of our younger readers who've been through things no one should go through and who – despite being younger – have found themselves and inspired us along the way.  This writer, abbie, has found her voice again, and this is her story:

I may not have known it then, but I have a voice. I am worth something. Always have been. Always will be. He may have stolen my body, but I refuse to let what he did steal my humanity. I've spent 4 years feeling nothing but fear. I am ready to experience love again. No matter who you are or what has been done to you, I hope you are ready to experience love today as well. {end story}.

Abbie's story is horror-full and inspiring both.  No matter our age, being ready to experience love – whether again or for the first time – is hard work, whether it's self-love, romantic love, or, well, any kind of love.  What about you – are you experiencing love in your life?  What makes someone/you ready for it?  What keep someone/you from being ready for it.  And of course, what stories can any of you share that might help inspire Abbie as she's inspired us? (Thank you, Abbie.)

 

7 comments

  • B

    Posted on February 9, 2012

    You have a voice. We all do. Thank you for reminding me, even though I am 15 years older than you. You are ready and you will find what you are looking for, I am sure of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on February 9, 2012

    Wow. You are incredibly strong and powerful.
    Men who hurt you just want to steal that power, and you are not letting him!
    You are brave and, you sure do have a voice!
    Thanks-

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  • MB

    Posted on February 9, 2012

    How awesome that you are looking for love and not filled with hate. We should all be that way. The world would be a more peaceful place. Thanks for setting such a good example. Can’t believe you are only 16!!!

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  • Jan

    Posted on February 9, 2012

    I know you will find what you are looking for because you are choosing to look to the future an not get stuck in the past. It took me longer than 4 years to move on from some nasty incidents with men, but I made it. I found people who were good and kind and full of love. You will too. Don’t give up. It’s going to happen.

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    • OOC

      Posted on February 10, 2012

      Hey, Jan. We’re sorry for what you went through, but so appreciative of your sharing a little bit with Abbie. No doubt she takes comfort in knowing there are others (sadly, too many others0 who can relate and who moved on. Thanks! XO, OOC

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    • abbie

      Posted on February 10, 2012

      I don’t know how to say thank you for this; for not wasting your experience or letting it corrode your faith in people. The fact that you have come to a place where you have confidence in the good in life and faith in the human race after what life has put you through is so encouraging and inspiring.

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