Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. So this week seems like a good week to get back to writing and to think about some of the issues that go hand-in-hand with disabilities. Today I want to touch on a difficult topic for a lot of people, and that is the issue of medical trauma.
Whether from the left or the right, I have a lifetime of first-hand experience of shaming as a strategy for social coercion and control. But after years of learning about the impact of shame from Brené Brown on individuals and organizations alike, I think it's time we reconsider this approach of 'shaming' one another.
I was sitting with a friend the other day and she asked me, "Heather, what exactly is a life coach? What do you do?" And I figured maybe she wasn't the only one who was uncertain...
Sitting with requires that we allow ourselves to feel the feelings of loss and grief, fear, rejection, being silenced or abandoned. It's difficult, but difficult isn't the same as impossible.
Finding out that your child is trans can be difficult. Knowing where to find helpful resources can be even harder. Hopefully this list will help you get started.
Essentially, a liminal space is the space that we occupy in the midst of transitions. And there is something about a liminal space that puts us humans on edge.
I have a question for you: what did you want to be when you grew up?
But regardless of what your unique dreams were for the future, it is very difficult for us to dream of things when we can't see ourselves already in those places.