A Break-Up Letter To My Social Anxiety
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

A Break-Up Letter To My Social Anxiety

It's not you, it's me.

A Break-Up Letter To My Social Anxiety

About a week ago, I was laying in my bed, scrolling through social media (as you do) and a realization hit me. I was being asked to do absolutely everything that scares me. For me, it is the simple daily tasks that come with life that get me all shaky. From ordering Starbucks alone to grabbing food with someone, anyone. From going somewhere unfamiliar to speaking up in most situations. I was successfully avoiding all of these things, just coasting around when all of the sudden, I was being asked to do it all and the weirdest thing--I was saying yes.

I am not a yes person. I have never struggled with saying no. Whenever my school would hold those seminars about fighting peer pressure and saying no, I could never recall a time where I had a hard time saying no. That was and still is a good thing. However, I spent so much time knowing I never had trouble saying no, I didn't realize I never said yes. All of the sudden, I was in the middle of college and somehow, saying yes to most of the things that make me uncomfortable.

I joined a club before I was guaranteed a friend to go with. I have had meetings and shared meals with complete strangers multiple times in the past two weeks. I have ordered salad and coffee by myself. I have driven to a place I've never been to before and refrained from freaking out when a time crunch presented itself. I have had to talk about myself a lot, more than I am comfortable with. I confronted a person of authority. I had to ask for help and reach out in places I am not used to reaching out in. These are all small things to other people I am sure, but these are the things that make my world come crumbling down...usually.

Another realization occurred to me as well. I hadn't freaked out. I had done all of this and come out with new friends, great experiences, and exciting adventures to come. I hadn't felt like my world was crashing. I felt alive and okay and like myself. Maybe it's because I kept saying yes before I changed my mind and said no. Maybe it's me finding my value in someone much better than this messed up world. Maybe it's me growing way too tired of letting these tiny things stop me. Whatever it is though, I really think it is due time I leave my social anxiety in the past. Funny how so much can happen in your life before your brain even comprehends it. At some point, in this messy compilation of all my fears, I decided to take them by the hand, nod my head, and keep walking. I learned how to bloom in the environment I was given. Even when my mind makes it as hard to grow as flowers in the winter, I learned how to open up. Suddenly, I'm evergreen and I am enjoying every second of it.

I don't think being fearless is having the absence of fear, I think it is more being scared and moving forward anyways.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me


As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.


Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.


As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FmWuCgJmxo

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less

'The Addams Family 2' Film Review

The sequel to the 2019 reboot is an enjoyable, but unremarkable start to the Halloween movie season

Photo Credit: MGM – YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd82bSBDE84

There's a reason why the Addams Family have become icons of the American cartoon pantheon (although having one of the catchiest theme songs in television history doesn't hinder them).

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments