Metaphorically Recovering

Recovery is not a metaphor.

It is not a snail coming out of its shell.

It is not beautiful; or perfect; or miraculous.

It is bloody hard work.

It is not the beginning of something,

nor the end.

It is the continuation of you.

It is not a declaration of peace and tranquility;

or of oneness with the world.

It is not acceptance of societal flaws and standards;

it is not making a stand against the media

or the pressure of expectation.

It does not change who you are,

or where you have come from.

Recovery is a simile:

as brave as a lion.

as ready as I’ll ever be.


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