‘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.
How many of us go through life thinking about that?
As we journey through life we make choices, or something happens to us that is totally beyond our control, which we then have to work through. Some of those choices we may be okay with, other choices we’re not okay.
The big 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 daily lives. Somehow we assume we’re immune, but it’s not something we consciously think about.
In my own case I never gave the assault a second’s thought until it happened. I believe that it’s only when it happens to us that we realise we’re not really immune, we’ve just been lucky. We never actually think about what 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 or heart disease? We never stop to think about that.
My family’s traumatic experiences have shown me a completely different thought process. When trauma happens it helps us to see our life in a less blinkered way. It’s definitely opened my eyes to what’s out there and what can happen.
Sadly, none of us are immune.