This isn’t to describe what anxiety is or is not, or to help those who do not have it understand what it means.
In a world where one’s validity is doubted if it isn’t marked on some form of social media, my newfound freedom was reassurance that this was something I needed to prove to myself, and myself alone, that I was capable of, no likes required.
You wonder so much; wonder if you went into some magic device that made you able, would your chances of success at life suddenly skyrocket? You wonder if you would finally land that job. You wonder if that woman or man you love would see you in a new light. You might wonder what it would be like to dance.
I have had panic attacks in more places than I care to remember, and have done my fare share of ridiculous things in the midst of them. I share not because I’m proud of these things, but to encourage others that while we may do some odd things, this disease is nothing to be embarrassed about.
I was once going down that path. Maybe I will again. Who knows?
Many people know there’s a neurological correlation between being highly creative and mentally ill, but few seem to realize that the same is true between being socially anxious and highly intelligent.
Interestingly enough, I recently took my Instagram public (thank you, thank you, I know, thank you, guys really please, STOP it! you’re the brave ones, not me) so I am glad to share a few tips that might help you overcome your crippling SMA:
Anxiety is a very convincing argument for “Ignorance is bliss.”
It is too easy for our lives to become about what we are afraid of. Bit by bit, slowly, fear makes us believe that not trying is better than failing. That’s when fear owns us. Suddenly we are reduced to the totality of our fears, and our lives become defined differently.
Depression kills and if you don’t want to hit bottom, stop digging the hole. This can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. But the good news is you can work this out of your system.