When asked to tell a story, most people say "start at the beginning", to which some storytellers reply, "I was born in ... whatever year", as the group laughs at the obvious misinterpretation of which "beginning" was referred to. However, for there to be a more complete understanding, some stories must go back in order to establish the foundation and baseline for the rest of the tale. While it can seem tedious and unimportant, it bares true that without knowing the underlying facts, the outcome could be misinterpreted.
I believe that there are no wasted experiences. God has placed us on this earth at the time and place He chose. He set us in the families and communities we are in, and He gave us gifts and talents according to His will and purpose for us. We had no choice in those matters. We do, however, have the choice of what we do with those things. For better or worse, life happens. How we react to it is our own doing. Sounds easier said than done. Sometimes our response to something is immediate; other times, our response is delayed, sometimes for years, because of various self-preservation methods built inside of us. The response comes much later...uninvited, unexpected, and unwanted. It pushes its way in, forcefully causing us to go back and relive the moment; to face the anguish, to feel the pain to its fullest, and then to deal with it, so life can go on.
This will be my story; from the beginning, to where I am today. It's a story of dreams, unbearable heartache, the confrontation of pain, and the ultimate healing that came from it. May you find hope in it, as you face your own battles.