The statements above add a real-life aspect to the dangers of toxic relationships and reminded me of my own experiences with violence in dating as a young adult. It took years before I rediscovered who I was, where I should be, or needed to be, in this life. If I had to relive it again, I would do things very differently—most of it, anyway. Mine was a lesson learned through the school of hard knocks. My journey began in those tender years, like so many others. Once I took a step into that unhealthy relationship as a mistress, my toxic world really started. Instead of stepping out of the imprint, I continued to walk deeper into its pathway. My life became one toxic experience after another. By the time I’d gotten through all that mess, I was emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually torn up. And that’s all it was—a bunch of mess. For me, that dark world was a home for many years.
After reading the interviewees’ responses and my own experience, what message would you share with others about violence in young adult relationships?
Young adults seem to drive in the fast lane, skipping the benefits of their stage of life in their rush to become full-fledged adults. Life has so much to offer them in their tender years. There’s a lot to learn and know before transitioning into the full-fledged adult stage.
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