- I’m choosing to see people as they truly are through the eyes of an adult and not through the eyes of a child.
- I’m choosing higher education because it is something I have always wanted for myself. I love to learn new things.
- I’m choosing my particular field of learning because I feel that I have an aptitude for it, as well as concern and compassion for people going through certain crises.
- I’m choosing to write about my feelings so I can see them as reality on paper. They are much less forbidding written in purple ink!
- I’m choosing to be happy today because it’s sunny outside and it makes me feel good.
- I’m choosing to believe that the abuses inflicted on me were not my fault. Children have no choice, but adults do. I do not have to allow people to abuse me as an adult. People can only do to you what you let them do.
- I’m choosing who to trust and share my feelings with. I do not have to speak to a WCG “minister” to appease someone else’s feelings. I do not have an obligation to discuss private things with just anyone. I can say, “I don’t care to discuss that” and not feel guilty about it.
- I’m choosing not to feel guilty about other people’s problems or choices. I am responsible for my choices only.
By Rochelle – Child survivor of WCG
NOTE: ESN encourages every child survivor to compose a similar list about all the things that they are choosing to do to make their life better.