It won’t happen to me may be applied to many situations, but it always seems to be something that happens to someone else, except when it happens to us.
Things don’t usually happen to us… right? They happen to someone else. We read other people’s stories in the newspaper, or on the local news, then we forget about them as we go about our lives. Somehow, we assume we’re immune, it’s not something we think about.
It’s only when it happens to us that we realise we’re not immune, we’ve just been lucky. We never actually think it will happen to us. For example, if we stopped to think about the effects of smoking cigarettes, how many of us would continue to smoke, even though we know it’s an addiction and we may get cancer?
My family’s traumatic experiences with the assault have given me a different way to think. When trauma happens, it helps us to see our life in a less blinkered way. It has opened my eyes to what’s out there and that sadly, none of us are immune.