I wasn’t Okay.
The effects of childhood abuse and violence are life long. The trauma has effected every part of my life.
After being kicked out of school and home, I tried to get on with life, however every job that I tried, every relationship that I entered into, each dwelling I stayed at, didn’t last.
I put such effort into trying to carry on like everybody else around me, yet I couldn’t. I wasn’t okay.
My normal was anxiety, despair and self-loathing. Thoughts of suicide were my only constant. I was on a path of self-destruction. My being, knew what it needed. I just had to listen.
The only place I found peace was in going into my trauma. Therapy.
It was then that the screams in my head eased, as they were heard.
Through changing my martial arts class to the Warrior Kids programme when I was 22, I created a space where I could physically and mindfully be. Where trauma was acknowledged, honoured, and had meaning.
Pain became purpose.
I became the hero for children, teens and families that I had wished for when I was a kid.
My self-control and social skills programme is available in a manual, Warrior Kids – Warrior Training for Children. It features the 10 week course that I have run in schools. There are NO contracts or licensing fees. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of children, teens and families in your community, get yourself a copy of the manual. It can be purchased online
I’ve been running Warrior Kids for 27 years now.
IMaking a difference in people’s lives has made a huge difference in mine.
This article was first published on Facebook and Linkedin August 11, 2021.
Copyright© Tim Tipene, 2021.