Saw a quote on tumblr today:

Damaged people are dangerous. They know what they can survive.

– Josephine Hart

I feel like I’ve needed someone to speak these words for years. Yes, I’ve been hurt and abused. I’ve been dumped, cheated on, beaten. I’ve been screamed at. I caught on fire. I’m covered in scars. I have depression. I have anxiety. I’m overweight. I’m not a prize catch.

I have a disability that can hit at any moment, knocking me to the ground. Still, I work out. I go to work. I live my fucking life.

People don’t take me seriously a lot of the time. Most of the time. Generally, people think I’m a joke until something bad happens, and then they realize I’m tough as nails and willing to push hard to do what needs to be done.

Yes, I’m damaged. Every time something happens I come back stronger.

This blog is the story of me. It’s got a lot of sad things, hard things, funny things. But when you’re reading my blog, it’s easy to slip into the idea that you’re just reading a story, and it’s not a real person at the other end.

I am real. I am tough. I am prepared to survive nearly anything life throws at me.

I’m going to write that quote down to remember for the future, because I think I’m going to need it.

About Grimalkin, RN

Trying really hard to be a decent person. Registered Nurse. Intersectional Feminism. Poet. Cat. Political. Original recipes. Original Stories. Occasionally Questionable Judgement. Creator of #cookingwithjoanne and #stopcock. Soulless Unwashed Carrot. This blog is dedicated to my grandmother, my beloved cat Grimalkin, and my patients.

Posted on August 14, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. RecoveryLot.us

    I’m so glad that I followed you on Twitter. I thought initially that you were a strong and powerful woman, and now I read further into your personality and I see it! I like the quote, too; thank you for sharing it.

  2. I have only just discovered your blog…and am I happy that I did. You write with feeling, rawness and honesty. I admire that. I hope that life works out for you the way it is meant to. You are an incredibly strong woman. I admire that too. Keep writing and I will keep reading. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, your journey and especially yourself.

  3. Odd, sounds EXACTLY like being a parent.

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