In less than a month, it will be my birthday. I’ve always been excited about turning another year older and while I still am, I must admit that I am a bit disappointed. By now I thought that I would have accomplished a lot more in life and, honestly, I thought I would be much further along in making progress when it came to getting through my anxiety.
While the above statement is true, I also realize that I’ve made a lot of progress. While there are still a lot of things that I struggle with, I have overcome a lot of obstacles and I am very proud of myself.
I think it’s hard not to compare ourselves to others and get depressed about what we wish we would have accomplished by a certain point in our lives. We look into the future and worry that we’ll forever struggle with what threatens to hold us back. It’s very hard sometimes to see ourselves getting through what we’re currently dealing with.
What we all need to focus on, though, is the progress that we’ve already made. There was a point in my life when I didn’t think I’d be as far as I’ve come. The fact that I’ve made the progress I have is proof that I can make even more – even if it does take some time.
I completely understand if you find yourself feeling down about the fact that you may have not achieved as much as you would have liked by now. I’ve been there – and I am there. However, at the same time, I guarantee that you have made some positive progress and that’s what we all need to focus our energy on. We can get through our anxiety and overcome our obstacles. All we need to do is work hard, have faith in ourselves, and be patient.