About “The Phoenix Rises From the Ashes”
My mother wanted to name me “Ярина” (Yaryna). But my father insisted on my current name. And so my name is what it is- both of my names (first and surname) are his.
I often think about what could have been. If I had been named differently. If I had done this differently, or that differently. If I said “no” or “stop” a little bit louder either of those nights. Would someone have heard? Or would they have turned a blind eye as they do now?
“Communicate. Even when it’s uncomfortable or uneasy. One of the best ways to heal, is simply getting everything out”
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