Well, not in real life. Although that would be the best and wait until you see the photos of when that happens.
A biggest lesson I learned in 2012 was that it didn’t matter so much why I had mild to severe situational anxiety at times – it was how. How I coped while feeling anxious, and how I prevented more anxiety from happening right then and there, and into the future.
This gift was a lightbulb over my head. It was like that moment in 11th grade “Human Behavior” class when my teacher, Mrs. Rizzo, told us to stop memorizing and to start learning. Why I hadn’t figured that out earlier, I’ll never know, but my vocabulary, science and math tests were all A’s after that.
I’m what you’d call a “silent sufferer.” Real-life friends and family, this does not mean I was always suffering when you saw me. This does mean, however, that I may have been at times and I was probably frustrated and upset to learn that I never knew when it would happen and I didn’t always know how to stop it and ask for help. I don’t know if you can completely stop mental illness..
..but I do know you can fight it tooth and nail. Especially when it takes you away from what you don’t want to be taken away from:
Remember that feeling of mobility you get when you passed your driver’s test? Find out how battling anxiety gives me that same feeling..of feeling possible. And I haven’t gotten Tom Petty’s “Learning To Fly” out of my head for days. Join me at Ilene’s blog today to read more about it.