Hello everybody! Today I’d like to talk about something wonderful that happened over the weekend. I’d also like to touch upon the importance of connecting with others who struggle with the same (or similar) issues as yourself.
Let me start out at the beginning. I attended church with my mom Sunday morning (something that I’ve been able to do more and more as I make progress in getting through my anxiety). My mom had told me how a friend of hers struggles with anxiety and how the week before (when I didn’t attend church), they had talked briefly about the subject. I had never seen the woman when I attended church before but lo and behold, I did on Sunday. We got to talking and while our anxiety does differ slightly, we found that we have a lot of things in common. She had a lot of advice to give and she was very kind. We exchanged phone numbers and told each other to stay in touch.
It meant a lot to me to meet someone face to face who struggles with anxiety; for her to understand what I go through and to be genuinely concerned for my well being. This woman could truly sympathize with my pain and relate to what I go through. Also, I do sometimes struggle to make my mother understand my anxiety and I honestly think that having a friend that goes through it might make it more comprehendible to her. That might be a sad truth, but there it is.
Something that meant an even greater deal to me was that this woman offered to give me her number; to be there for me in my darkest of times. Not everyone in this world is that kind and it meant the world to me to know I have another ally.
After church, I headed to a relative’s house for a while. After having a great time, which was for the most part anxiety-free, I headed out with my mom to a store. At first, I didn’t plan on going in, but then I did! While I admit that I did feel nervous and towards the end needed time leaving the store, I did a great job! The fact that I went in at all and didn’t leave before my mom was ready to alone means that I made a great deal of progress! I was so proud of myself and even my mom thought I did a great job (though in all truthfulness, she did get annoyed when I couldn’t leave the store right away and had to relax first).
As you can see, I had a wonderful day! While I did struggle at times, I did better than I have in a long time and was able to do things that I haven’t felt confident enough to do in quite a while. It doesn’t matter if my mom got slightly annoyed with me or if I didn’t do everything perfectly well. What matters is that I made progress and that I know deep down what a great accomplishment that truly was!
Working hard on a consistent basis to face your fears really does bring success! Please don’t allow others to strip away your confidence or pride in your accomplishments. Also, don’t be afraid to open up about your anxiety to those you trust and make new friends and allies along the way!
Have a great week and be proud of your accomplishments!