“Abuse is of use.”
That is what we tell ourselves.
That it makes us stronger.
That we can use it to grow,
or to become more empathetic and loving.
We can understand others’ pain,
as if we’ve felt something similar.
But, I hate that.
It gives the abuse an excuse.
That makes it seem like it was “worth it”
since “we’ve come so far.”
As if it had a purpose
and somehow had a positive impact,
but it didn’t.
Sure, you grew from it.
But you grow from everything.
Growth would have happened more without it!
Without the abuse
you would still be kind,
because you are kind.
You would still be caring,
because you are caring.
You would still be strong,
because that is who you are.
The abuser doesn’t deserve the credit
for your positive attributes.
Don’t use the excuse
that your abuse was of use.
Give yourself the credit for who you are.
You are the one who has brought you this far.
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