The Unseen Scars & Mental Health

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ― Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

I have noticed lately all of the physical scars I have. One from the hip surgery, two from having pressure point sores, and there are those that I cannot tell you how they happened.

Then, there are those scars that cannot be seen with the human eye. Scars of mental wars, those that were caused by the lost of loved ones, some caused by betrayal, and then there are those scars that have been self-inflicted. I must admit some of those scars no longer bring about mental anguish anymore. They are just there as a reminder of things I have endured over my sixty years.

I like to think that my scars have not molded me, that they do not define me, but that would not be truthful. The death of my maternal grandfather opened a new door, one that would have me sit in front of a piano and work feverishly to make it sound like good music. The death of a second cousin, two years older than myself, caused by falling off scaffolding while working on a barn. The preacher’s open line of the eulogy, “Life Is Not Fair“!

It is because of those invisible scars that I can be thankful for every day, every moment, and every thing that comes my way.

I have that invisible scar that was created by an suicide attempt. This scar makes me want to get out of bed every morning. It is a reminder how that life can be fleeting like a whisper of smoke.

So dear reader, do scars have an impact on your life? Have they help shaped you into the person you now are? I would like to hear your replies about those invisible scars!

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  1. Tangie

    I have negative childhood scars but by the grace of God they molded me positively into who I am today. I agree with you “there are those scars that cannot be seen with the human eye. Scars of mental wars.” Sadly, many are fighting that war alone. Thank you for blogging because mental health, in my opinion, does not get the attention needed to remove fear for some to ask for him.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Tangie, thank you for your encouragement! I feel there are many who have negative childhood scars. Some just won’t admit it because they may feel it is showing weakness.

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  2. Ashley L. Peterson

    I think it’s almost inevitable that our past experiences will influence how we perceive and interact with the world around us.

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  3. kimconrey

    Your honesty is beautiful and very much needed in this world where many are pretending to be okay. I found it an interesting piece of synchronicity that you mentioned a loved one passing from falling off a scaffolding–my father died that way. Before he was taken off life support (no brain activity) I remember looking at the physical scars on his hands and arms and thinking about where each of them originated. The parallel of mental scars can certainly be traced as well. OCD has been a scar in my own life, and I choose to let others see that scar on my blog. I trace it, talk about, investigate it, in hopes that others will find comfort and healing. I appreciate what you do here.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Kim, thank you for your beautiful words. Comments such as yours mean so much to me.
      Sorry for the late response. Life is keeping busy at the moment.


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