Step 1 to healing is feeling validated. To acknowledge what has happened so that you have the ability to move forward. Today, I have found my footing. I have gained my balance and now have the ability to walk away from my pain. For years, I have been waiting for my parents to fully acknowledge what they have done to me. I was frozen in time, waiting for my experiences to be acknowledged. Today, I take that power away from them. I don't need anyone to believe me or even empathise with me. I know my experiences. I recognize my feelings. I acknowledge my pain, and I validate myself. Today I move forward.