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sela's story

i have lived in two worlds my whole life. one that is my culture (I am a Pasifika person) and the other is the self-preservation. the two intertwine at times, however, can never completely merge...

my culture says that i should continue to love and forgive my family, especially the womb that bore me (I refuse to use the word 'mom') even though i was abused. the self-preservation world has opened my eyes to so much truth, self-worth and determination. i no longer subscribe to anything that takes my existence and harms it. therapy, medication, safe people, intuition, gratitude for my ancestors calls... all of these have moved my entire being towards freedom. i know i have much work to do, and i'm continually willing to do it. the dream is to help people in my culture do the same.


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