Stepped out the door without protection,
Endured the harsh words for years,
There was nowhere to go for protection,
I held in the pain for years,
It became hard to breathe without protection.
I broke when adulthood came,
I was no longer forced to do what I didn’t want to do,
Over and over the panic attacks came,
I was released from the adults that constantly told me what to do,
Yet in my adulthood, I also begged for a protection that never came.
Phobias took over while I hid from the world,
I didn’t realize that I was my own protection,
Until I got tired of hiding from the world,
Thus, I chose to face the world and become my own protection,
One by one the phobias were let go and I saw a less scary world.