“Some people’s lives seem to flow in a narrative; mine had many stops and starts. That’s what trauma does. It interrupts the plot. You can’t process it because it doesn’t fit with what came before or what comes afterward. A friend of mine, a soldier, put it this way. In most of our lives, most of the time, you have a sense of what is to come. There is a steady narrative, a feeling of “lights, camera, action” when big events are imminent. But trauma isn’t like that. It just happens, and then life goes on. No one prepares you for it.”
― Jessica Stern, Denial: A Memoir of Terror

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6 thoughts on “Trauma

  1. So true. I remember being in an emergency situation once and in some corner of my mind being struck by the fact that, while my world had seemingly just blown apart, the rest of the world kept going along as usual. It was Surreal….

  2. But isn’t that too narrative. It is how the story goes. If you end it, that merely means you stopped a story at a particula point. It doen’t mean the narrative stops. >KB

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