Whew! Just read Paula McLain's memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses. This should redefine my version of family dysfunction. I still have stories I don't and stories I can't remember, but McLain's story is a tribute to tenacity and determination and overcoming. As Sue Miller said in For Love, "Everyone has a story. It's what you do after that counts."
I will still tell my stories because telling them helps put things in perspective and lightens my baggage. I have just added a new filter.
We are all survivors. Life is hard. Whining is sometimes helpful. Thriving and celebrating life is the true measure of survival.