Do you ever wonder if anyone else in the world feels like you do? Like a part of you knows that there are others who struggle, but still a part of you feels like you’re the only one who struggles in a very specific way?
While everyone struggles, everyone struggles with different issues. Also, everyone struggles in their own unique way. What do I mean by this? Let me give you an example.
I have severe anxiety. Now I know with 100% certainty that there are tons of others who struggle with severe anxiety. However, I also know that everyone struggles with anxiety in different ways and that everyone’s anxiety manifests in different ways.
Sometimes this is hard for me to deal with – the knowledge that I am probably the only one who struggles in the exact way that I do. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want anyone to struggle in the same way that I do. However, at the same time, it would be comforting to know that I wasn’t the only one with these exact issues.
It can be difficult because I see how anxiety effects me, embarrasses me. I experience certain things that I don’t even mention on here – things that I hate and wonder if I’m the only one who experiences them.
The important thing to remember though is that everyone struggles. Even if it’s not with the exact same issues with the exact same effects, there are people who can relate; understand. There are people (and I thank every single one of you) who are here for me, who support me, and who have words of wisdom that they are more than happy to pass along. None of us are alone and all of us have the power to help each other and to be helped.
Still, I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to wonder if anyone feels the exact same way as you and goes through the exact same things as you do. I know what it’s like to wonder if you’re ever going to get through your struggles, if you’re ever going to break free of what holds you back.
My point of this post is to remind you that even if people don’t go through the exact same things as you do, they go through very similar things and feel very similar to how you do. There are people out there who genuinely care about you and who will be there for you.
I want to thank everyone who supports me in my journey to get through my anxiety! I want to give an extra special shout out to Carla from The Melodramatic Confessions of Carla Louise, Matt from In Silence We Suffer, and Jen from The Anxiety Chronicles. You guys have helped me so much, especially this week!
*Picture quote found on Google Images. Song lyrics from Maroon 5’s great song, Harder to Breathe!