*Born To Be logo designed and created by Dillon Kowaleski
Everyday we pass by people on the streets, people we may know and some who are complete strangers to us. Most of the time we walk by with a smile and a nod, never knowing that behind that smile covers the real story of the hurt and pain someone could be going through at that particular moment in time. Going our separate ways, we don't really even give it a second thought for people are good at putting on a mask and hiding behind that mask their true feelings. Yet if we were to look closer, if they were to remove the mask in this masquerade they take part in every day, their true story would be revealed.
In today's society, the truth about abuse is something hidden out of sight, something that is kept silent from people because no one wants to believe that something so terrible could happen. Yet in so many homes, violence breaks out, turning a loving, safe home into a battlefield where innocent lives are shattered apart and where they are caught in the middle of a dangerous war zone. Some are forced to grow up too fast, living in fear of the very people who are supposed to be there to protect them and keep them safe from harm, who are supposed to love them and cherish them. Yet, behind closed doors, they fight for their very lives every single day, wondering if they will survive to see another day. Depression settles in, tears are shed each night, hearts cry out wanting to be heard, but silence takes over, leaving innocent souls trapped and imprisoned. Some are afraid to speak out for fear of what will happen if they do. For the ones who do make it out and escape, leaving behind that life of terror they once knew, they don't always know where to go or how to start to rebuild their lives. The aftermath of the abuse they suffered leaves them with so many personal battles they fight daily just to get through each day. It's easier to put on that smile, to pretend everything is okay, and to separate those true feelings from everything else. Most of the time survivors view themselves as broken and damaged, not seeing how truly beautiful they are.
Born To Be, Inc. is a non profit organization based in McKinney, Texas that was created and set up to try to start a retreat and resource center(it originally started out as a petition to try to get government funded schools started for abuse victims and survivors but has since changed)for survivors and victims of abuse to go to where they can learn to overcome the past, to see they can have a second chance in life, to be in an environment where they are not judged or ridiculed for who they are, where they are surrounded by others who have been through similar things but at the same time where they can get help they need and learn to rebuild their lives as they begin to see how truly beautiful and amazing they are, that the scars don't make them any less of a person but more of a person for having endured and survived everything they have. This retreat and resource center will provide them a place to be able to openly and freely talk about the pain they felt and feel, the feelings they are dealing with, share their life experiences, and even creatively express those locked up emotions as they get in touch with their inner self. The goal of the retreat is to help survivors and victims of abuse heal, to help them get back on their feet again, and gain the confidence in themselves as they learn to embrace every part of who they are and start to look in the mirror and not see someone broken but see someone who has emerged that much stronger because to be standing here today is an accomplishment to be proud of, not something to be ashamed of. The goal of the resource part of the center is to have a hotline where victims and survivors from all over can call in and we can direct them to the nearest shelter or center in their area where they can go to receive immediate help, guidance and assistance right then and there. It is our goal to work together with organizations and shelters all over to help victims and survivors to be safe and to rebuild their lives again once they leave their situation.
We, the team at Born To Be, Inc. are asking people to show their support and add their voice to the Born To Be petition as well as get involved in our non profit organization to help make the Born To Be retreat center become a reality. The greatest gift in life you can give someone is the gift of hope for when someone sees that you believe in them, it opens their eyes to everything they can do as they begin to discover the power they have within themselves to get that better life they've always wanted. Everyday we have opportunities to encourage others, to help them, to reach out and give back, to show compassion and kindness, to let others know we care, to make a difference in their lives, and to offer our support by being there and listening. My motto has always been "Every story deserves to be told and every voice deserves to be heard." We can help give people another chance in life, but that change starts with us. I believe that each of us can do our part in helping others, that we each have the ability to make a change, to impact someone's life, and influence the world in some positive way by standing up for what we believe in. By sharing our experiences, by speaking out, by exposing the truth, we can take what we've learned in our own lives and pass it down to the next generation, preparing them to be leaders and to make a difference in their generation and generations to come. It has to start with us though. It only takes one person who is willing to step up and speak out to ignite that spark to make a change in the world for nothing is ever a lost cause when we choose to believe in it and fight for it. Be that voice who ignites that fire and help give someone hope out there by adding your voice to the Born To Be petition, getting involved and volunteering to give back.
*a hero is someone the world perceives as ordinary but who is doing something extraordinary to make a difference and a change in this world*
A heartfelt Thank you,
from all of us on the Born To Be Inc. Team