A Word Of Encouragement For Those With Anxiety And Big Aspirations

A Word Of Encouragement For Those With Anxiety And Big Aspirations

To anyone who is in the process of pursuing their dreams while battling anxiety, keep going!


While everyone in the process of working to make their dreams a reality needs a regular vote of confidence, I offer my support specifically to those who struggle with anxiety and have big aspirations.

The sardonic voice of anxiety is one that heckles your visions for the future and insists that every worst case scenario will be the end result of your efforts to achieve your goals. In my life as well in many others, anxiety has the ability to make one feel as though they are just too small to stand in the world.

My parents have told me that I can be anything I wanted to from the time I was old enough to understand them. I grew up being encouraged to pursue whatever caught my interest and to confidently proclaim what I wanted to be when I grew up without thoughts of self-doubt ever crossing my young ever-changing mind. Even after having been instilled with the belief that I have the capacity to do any and everything I set my mind to, the apprehension of not measuring up to the competitive nature of the world we live in is sometimes louder than the voices of my parents.

As a journalism major and someone who is familiar with the impositions that anxiety places on dreams, I would like to share a few words of encouragement and advice to others who find their ambitions inhibited by angst.

1. It's okay to have worries, but know when to leave them in a box. Being uneasy about the future is a universal part of the human experience. While anxiety is different in the way that it exasperates minor concerns and can leave you fixated on an issue, learn how to de-escalate your thoughts. Give yourself an allotted amount of time to process and worry over uncertainties without allowing it to work you into a frenzy, and then block it from your mind. There's only so much that you can control, so focus on what you can and then move forward with a purpose, the rest will fall into place.

2. A lot of things can and will go wrong, but it's not a reflection of you. Another common fact of life is that not a single one is absolutely perfect. In spite of everything you do right in working towards a goal, sometimes things won't turn out the way you'd hoped. Often times these perceived failures feed our anxiety for the future and seem like a reflection of your abilities. When things fall through, do not catalog those experiences as failures and do not allow the memories to rob new opportunities of their excitement. You've made it to where you are thus far in your life by being who you are, don't allow fear to make you doubt yourself.

3. The limitless paths of life can be overwhelming, but ultimately, YOU are in control. Every choice you make starts you on a different path and closes the door on another opportunity. The pressure to make the right decision among countless others with uncertain consequences can leave you feeling like you have no power over the course of your life. However, you are always in control.

Pursuing your dreams with intermittent bouts of anxiety is difficult, even more so when you're ambitious. You overcome your struggle each day by purposefully acting on what's within your control, accepting what isn't and giving yourself the space necessary to manage your nervousness. To anyone who meets this description, know that you are not alone and that I'm rooting for you.

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.

It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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Poetry On Odyssey: Some Days

A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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