I think it is important to celebrate successes in recovery, whether big or small. Recently, I received an opportunity to write for the Eating Recovery Center and have my piece published on The Mighty– and I am ecstatic! As I begin my senior year at Elon University, I can’t help but think back to when I was a little freshman and marvel at how far I’ve come.
I entered college in a good place as far as recovery is concerned, but I quickly discovered that the demands of university life are much harder than high school. Academically, I was thriving. However, my social anxiety became heightened and I turned to old behaviors to cope. I didn’t know how to branch out and make lasting friendships because I didn’t even really know who I was. In a nutshell, I was lost.
However, I used the summer after freshman year of college to revamp my recovery and get to know myself. This is something I wish everyone would take the chance to do, whether you have an eating disorder or not. By the end of those three incredible summer months, I walked a little taller, held my head higher, and had a fiery passion in my heart that would fuel many successes.
Now, I’m a senior. I am more confident than I ever dreamed possible, I have those deep and beautiful friendships I always yearned for, and I am so proud of the person I am. Truth is, I could not have written for the ERC or the Mighty 3 years ago, but I am proof that amazing progress is possible in a relatively short time and that anyone can find her voice, no matter how lost she might be.
I don’t often write about things like this, but I thought it might be nice for y’all to see that I, too, am a work in progress and I am learning every day. I’m not a recovery expert, but I push myself to do better with each passing day and I really am so happy with my progress. I believe each and every one of you are capable of self love and awesome confidence!
If you want to check out the Mighty article I wrote, here’s the link!