A Sobering story of one man’s battle to make it through life while overcoming his adversities, learning to cope with his ADHD, struggling with PTSD, and fighting off his addiction(s). Life can be difficult and overwhelming at times; add to that, the trauma one can experience, and it can feel downright impossible. Growing up in a community of outlaw Marijuna farmers and the culture that comes with that is messy. Then, join the military, Law Enforcement, SPEC-OPS, become physically disabled from your injuries, and lose your firstborn child. You might not make it out alive or with your sanity.
Life. The amazing adventure that it is can be difficult. From raw moments of pain and suffering to beautiful moments of Joy and Laughter. Trauma can leave you vulnerable if you let it. When you get knocked down how will you pick yourself back up?
If you have endured hardship in your life or are still having trouble making it through each day, maybe, just maybe, this story can help you. Opening your mind to just what you can do and how strong you can be. How we may face trauma in life and what we may do to recover from that. Having a unique perspective on life, through extreme circumstances, has given me much gratitude. Reading these stories might give you an idea of just how much we can endure and how resilient the Human psyche can actually be. I hope that you can learn from my mistakes and let my darkness light your path. Closed minds don’t get fed.
Author: Justin Orion Mitchell, U.S. Sheepdog, Retired