As I redefine my traumatic experience, I redefine my life.
My name is Krysia Marie.
Since I was 8 years old, I knew that I had a teacher’s heart beating within me, thus my chosen career was elementary school teacher. Although I’ve taught in both private and public school classrooms, my most rewarding teaching position was school-wide literacy coach within a community of English Language Learners (English as a Second Language).
I firmly believe that despite the circumstances of life, each and every day offers the opportunity to learn something new. Indeed, life itself is the most significant classroom of all. Therefore, I am both a teacher and student of life, inside and outside of the classroom.
This blog, “Trauma Redefined”, represents my experiences, thoughts, feelings, treatments, interviews with trauma-related practitioners, etc., as a response to my 2011 motor vehicle accident with a transport trailer truck.
For me, the empowered journey through trauma involves, first and foremost, the conscious decision that it is a journey and not a permanent life destination. Put away the stop sign and bravely display the question marks. “Redefinition” involves the asking/re-asking of questions followed by the commitment to think/re-think and continually engage oneself in psychological reframing. Keep asking questions. Don’t ever give up!
My post-accident life mission is expressed brilliantly by Maya Angelou: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style”.
Thank you for joining me as I walk through my own empowered journey through trauma. May my words educate, inspire, encourage and support you in your own empowered journey through challenging life experiences, one moment at a time.