Now, I know a lot of you reading this are reading it through the link I shared on my facebook, so that means most of you are from Oklahoma. So when you see something with a title like this, you may be thinking OSU orange. Well let me assure you, I most definitely bleed red for my Sooners during football season and blue for my Jayhawks during basketball season. Sorry to disappoint. Kinda hah.
But in all seriousness, the orange I'm talking about is much bigger than where my college sports heart lies.
I wear orange because for the last almost ten years, self harm has been an incredibly big part of my life. At times it has controlled my life. I'm sitting at two years of recovery right now. That's not to say that I don't still struggle. I will always struggle. But struggle produces character.
I wear orange because there are so many of you that have struggled with this and are still struggling. And maybe you haven't found a voice for your story yet. Maybe you aren't comfortable sharing that part of your story yet. Maybe you're still figuring your story out.
Regardless, I wear orange for you.
I wear orange for us.
No matter what stage of recovery you're in.
Maybe it's been three days. Maybe it's been three months or three years.
You are worth this fight.
You aren't alone in this fight.
We stand with you now and will continue to stand with you throughout every part of this journey.
Days like this exist to raise awareness and help fight the stigma.
You can be part of the change.
You can be a part of the story.
There's plenty of room in these stories for people to join us.
So come along for the ride.
And make sure you bring something orange.
As always you can keep up with me over at ohhaiiitsbrandii.wordpress.com
Until next time,