Some of us have survived abusive childhoods.
Some have had to find a way to live after a lightning strike of fate changed our bodies or minds in a moment.
Some of us have adapted as our capabilities ebbed and flowed, day by day.
We survived as we developed behaviors that protected us and helped us thrive within the changed worlds where we had to exist.
Like a willow sapling seeking light will bend to grow in whatever space it can when trapped between older, tougher trees.
Those same survival skills shape us as life goes on, as the willow will keep the
curves of its confinement even after it is free to grow straight.