A road well-travelled: recovery poem read at Renfrewshire event
6th November 2018
Suzanne Baines, of You Matter Always, read her poem ‘A road well-travelled’ to over 100 people at the November Recovery in Renfrewshire event.
A road well-travelled
So, what does recovery mean to me?
It’s about who I was, am and strive to be.
It’s about facing challenges along the way
And overcoming obstacles day after day.
It’s about valuing how far I have come
And feeling proud of all I’ve said and done.
It’s about embracing my strengths and abilities
And focusing on solutions and possibilities.
It’s about believing in my own potential
Because self-belief is so essential.
For me, recovery is about who I became
And, not just the moments that I can’t reclaim.
It’s about kindness, acceptance, love and hope
And the tools that can help when I cannot cope.
It’s about knowing that I am not alone
As help is available at the end of the phone.
It’s about salving the wounds that often re-open
In my heart, mind and soul which is bruised and broken.
It’s about working towards what I want to be
Because I am so much more than what happened to me.
There are various routes, paths or roads to recovery
Each containing personal growth and self-discovery.
Piecing ourselves back together requires patience and time
And being honest with our emotions instead of, “HI, I’M FINE!”
It’s okay to have setbacks and seek additional support
But remember, please don’t sell yourself short.
You have acquired an abundance of tools along the way
That can empower and assist you day by day.
As you own your story and become your own best friend
Remember, recovery is just the beginning…not the end.