As much as I cringe at some memories in my life, the passage of time has proven them a potent learning tool. Reading a book, attending a lecture, listening to my parents or friends could never teach me life’s lessons so clearly. People who dole out hurt and manipulation, narcissists, exist in this world in higher numbers than I care to consider.
The role narcissists play in our lives is painful but can be incredibly wisdom building for those who survive. There was a time when I wished for a different life where bad things never happened, and narcissists never hurt or mistreated me. Yet, without those bad experiences, I would not be the same person. Many broken pieces of me still need mending, but once healed, those pieces will be stronger than ever before.