I believe that we are put on this earth with one another for a reason. We aren’t here alone, so most likely we aren’t meant to be and live alone. We are instead put here to lift each other up and help one another become the best people we can be. We need each other. Bottom line.
The more I am loved without strings, the more I am encouraged and supported, the more I will thrive and grow. Keeping that in mind, it would stand to reason that when I go to embrace a new path in life, embody a new ideal, or practice a new principle if I am surrounded by people who are like minded, encouraging and loving, I will thrive in my new life journey! So here it is, I need people! Especially when I embark on the new and different!
When it started...
As a child and teenager, I was very carefree. I went with the flow of things, worried about little and loved the social aspect of everything. Slowly at the end of high school and definitely once I started college, I began to notice my heart rate increasing, sweat forming on my neck and difficulty breathing anytime an adverse or trying situation was presented to me. These situations ranged from studying for a final to being 2 minutes late to class to forgetting my favorite pen at home to seeing someone I was too afraid to approach. To the average person who doesn't suffer from anxiety, these situations seem like nothing to stress over, but to the young lady with untreated anxiety and no way to cope, these were impossible, mountain-sized problems that I had no way of overcoming. I began (without realizing it) pulling my hair out and picking my eyelashes during my anxiety episodes. These were the first external signs of anxiety I showed. As the episodes became longer and more frequent, it was noticed by people around me. This only made matters worse, so I started isolating.