This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. I live so much in my head that I miss out on opportunities because of these anxious thoughts. Will they like me? Will I like them? What will we talk about? What if everyone ignores me? Will people think I’m ugly? Will they like my outfit?
Since meeting Eric, I’m better at setting my anxiety aside - or pretending to, at least - and he pushes me to do things I wouldn’t on my own. He is much braver than I am, by a long shot, and his fearlessness inspires me to truly experience life, even the parts that scare me.
(The graphic is made by me; the beautiful photo was taken by Monika Majkowska at Unsplash.)