Hello everyone, and welcome to the Join Rise Be blog! My name is Luz, and I’m going to be using this writing platform to connect with all of you by sharing some of the things that happen both within JRB and my own life.
To start off, I think it’s best if I give you a little bit of a background of myself, just so we can get better acquainted. I’m 27 years old, and I’m from New Britain, Connecticut. I feel like most people would describe me as that very blunt, sarcastic, yet reliable and hardworking person with a good heart that you tend to see in most groups of friends. Interestingly enough, some of my hobbies include watching crime documentaries, swimming, anything baseball or Yankees related, playing board games, and singing to my favorite songs at the top of my lungs despite the fact that I’m not very good at it. I can’t stand to eat anything that lives underwater just because it kind of freaks me out, and my favorite color is teal!
I’ve recently graduated with my Associate’s degree in social services and am currently in the process of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Most days I find it astonishing that I’ve come so far in life, as I never thought I’d live to see the age I am now let alone even the age of 18. I identify as being someone in recovery, as I have been able to use the life circumstances that had previously made me want to end my life and have turned it around to help others who may be experiencing similar things. With this being stated, though, I am nowhere near perfect and I still have bad days. Nevertheless, with every bad day I have now, I see a little bit of good still able to shine through.
Had I felt any of the difficult and overwhelming emotions that I feel now when I was 14, I would’ve resorted to cutting, other ways of self-harm or even would have attempted to end my life. Now, I feel so proud of the fact that I can cry- that face full of boogers and spots all over your glasses and you sound like a puppy with hiccups kind of cry- and know that A- there’s still going to be tomorrow, and B- I don’t have to deal with my strong emotions by doing something harmful. We’ll definitely get into more of my recovery journey in a later post, but I just wanted to give you a little background about who you’ll be hearing from. I think it’s always important to be able to know that no matter what stage in recovery or life you may be in, there’s a way to improve ourselves. Knowing that we can become unstuck and don’t always have to be living a life of defeat is life changing. I am forever grateful for becoming the person I needed when I was younger, and I hope to inspire some change within all of you.
Here’s to achieving everything you set out to do this week!