The last two years have been hard as social anxiety has taken focus in my life. I have lost so much of myself. Who I was, and what in my mind was always the things that make me– well James. Today I want to try and list just a few things that have changed over the course of my increase in social anxiety.
- Driving – I used to take long trips all the time. I love taking a drive anywhere, just picking a city and driving there without pause. Now, I barely leave my town because its tough to sit behind the wheel without my anxiety spiraling. It’s been one of the hardest adjustments in my life because driving was an escape.
- Going to the Movies – It has been well over two years since the last time that I went to the movies. The last time I had to leave the theater halfway through the film because of a panic attack. In the times leading up to that event, I would always be so anxious during a movie the enjoyment is horrible. This also goes for concerts which I used to love to go to– it has been so long since I saw my favorite bands play.
- Canceling Plans – This is the hardest thing that still gets to me the most. I hate canceling plans. It’s the worst. People, friends, and family can only go so far before they start not planning things with you. It’s got to that point where my friends know not to make plans because it’s not worth the effort.
I am sure there is more things that I am missing and things that have gone by the wayside with my social anxiety.
I am curious, what are the things that my readers and followers have lost due to social anxiety. I challenge not only myself but my fellow bloggers to challenge the things that social anxiety has taken away from you. I am going to face these things this summer.
Always keep fighting.
Please Help me Publish my Memoir
I have finished the first draft of my memoir “The Bipolar Writer,” and I have decided to go down the self-publishing route. If you can donate anything towards my goal, it would mean the world to me. Those that give will get a special mention in my memoir on a page dedicated to those that made my memoir possible. Thank you in advance!