During the course of my recent recovery and evolution, I have come to realize an important distinction between victim and survivor. The key distinction is that a victim recognizes the harm or traumatizing experience and does little beyond recognizing it. A survivor goes beyond recognition through action to protective onself.
I have met many people who recognize that they have been victimized. Although it is a important first step to recovery, the mere recognition of your trauma or injury keeps us stuck in victim mode and mentality. This is what happened to me.
As a victim, we are powerless, and we become repeatedly victimized. It is like living in hell when we are forever caught in this vicious victim cycle. As a survivor, we stand up for our selves and we fight back. We refuse to be allowed to be victimized again by stopping the cycle of victimhood. It is this step that allows us to take back our power.
When we merely talk about being harmed and traumized than that is all that we experience. When we begin to take actions to protect ourselves, this is called self love. We must stand up for ourselves and never accept being victimized again as we finally stop the cycle of victimhood. This is the difference between victim and survivor! (Copyright 2016 Awakening Journey with All Rights Reserved)