As many of us who suffer from anxiety have come to learn, some days are more difficult than others. Sometimes we challenge ourselves and find that we are successful in facing our anxiety with minimal suffering and other times, we find ourselves struggling to fight the controlling power of fear. When we end up feeling as if we didn’t do as well as we could have, memories of the fact that we often let fear get the better of us begin to surface. Suddenly we begin to dwell on the negative and we may even wonder if we’ll ever conquer our anxiety.
Today was one of those days for me. I tried to get through something and while I did pretty well for the most part, I struggled at the end and felt miserable. I started to remember how I was before anxiety was such a big part of my life and I started wondering if I’d ever get through this since for so long, I’ve been struggling. Then someone important to me reminded me that I have gotten better. The person was right, a year ago I wasn’t doing as well as I am now. While every day may not be easy, there are definitely times when I’m doing better than I was before. Sometimes memories of these times of progress just seem to fade from our minds in the presence of disappointment in ourselves. However, nothing can take away the fact that we have made progress. Even if you don’t feel you’ve made progress yet, you will as long as you continue to practice facing your fears in small steps.
The quote that I used as the title of today’s post is a quote I found by Bill Cosby. It is inspirational, in my opinion, because sometimes we are so worried to try and face our fears, that sometimes we don’t even try. However, especially with someone around that we trust that is willing to help us, we need to decide that living a life where anxiety does not control our life is something we want so much that we are willing to practice facing some of our fears.
**Please note that I have put this quote on my post because I find the quote inspirational, not Bill Cosby himself.