A number is not always a number. A number is sometimes a clue … a trail of breadcrumbs through our childhood that can lead to an understanding of our lives today.
A number is sometimes small, but it can leave large scars and cause deep hurt.
A number is sometimes large, and really scary. But it doesn’t need to be. You can step past it, or embrace it, or take it apart and put it together again however you see fit.
A number can tell you where you have been and what has been done to you.
It cannot tell you where you are going or where you will take yourself.
A number is a story, and where that story leads is up to you.
Over the past 25 years, the fields of science and medicine have come a long way in connecting the dots between our childhood experiences and our health and well-being as adults. Here are 3 ways ACEs can affect us as adults.