“Triggers are like little psychic explosions that crash through avoidance and bring the dissociated, avoided trauma suddenly, unexpectedly, back into consciousness.” – Carolyn Spring
Today is the fourth of July, and in the United States of America, it is Independence Day. This means cookouts, fireworks, and screaming kids. Some might find that fun or at the very least endearing, I find it a living hell.
Because of this, I’m planning on doing nothing to celebrate the holiday, and if you don’t feel comfortable celebrating you don’t have to either. This is me giving you permission to not celebrate. If you are worried your PTSD might be triggered, or just find it an anxiety-inducing situation you don’t have to partake in it.
Do whatever you want to do on this holiday. Celebrate it in your own way and don’t feel bad for doing so. You don’t have to celebrate.
If you want to and you’ve been looking forward to this for the entire year, more power to you. Please be safe but enjoy having fun. I’ll be in my room with headphones reading a book.