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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My Scare With Blood Clots Had A Happy Ending, But It Was Still A Dangerously Close Call

A close call with severe blood clots in my leg.


So, I will set the scene. I had one week in between when my spring classes ended and when my summer classes began. I was all set up to spend that week with my boyfriend at Disney World. Day one of the trip, we were headed to Magic Kingdom with fast passes for all three mountains in the park.

On the way over to the park, my leg started to feel very tight, like all of my muscles were clenched and I couldn't release them. The feeling just got worse as I was walking and my leg just felt heavier and heavier. At one point, I went to the bathroom and noticed that my leg was swollen a lot and had turned a purplish color. I told my boyfriend that we had to leave immediately.

I tried to just rest it and elevate my leg for the rest of the night. But in the morning, it was almost impossible for me to walk on it and the pain was only getting worse. I have had hip problems in the past and most of the pain was in my hip area so my boyfriend and I went to an orthopedic and my dad met us there. After X-rays, the doctor said that for the most part, my hip looked fine and he was concerned about a blood clot. I went to the hospital to get an ultrasound and unfortunately, they saw a clot and sent me to the emergency room.

At first, the emergency room doctors seemed optimistic that all they would have to do was put me on a quick blood thinner and then follow up with my regular doctor. However, with further inspection of the ultrasound and the clot, they admitted me to the hospital under the pretense that it was basically just an overnight observation. There was a lot going on and a lot of needles for testing and medicine (I am terrified of needles so this was great for me).

At first, I was started on a medicine that was given as an injection twice a day in my stomach. But after two days with little improvement, my treatment plan switched.

They started me on a much stronger medicine that was a constant drip in an IV. This meant I needed another IV and that they had to take my blood every 6 hours to see how the medicine was working. In addition to my fear of needles, I have very hard to find veins so the lab people had to come up to get my blood because it was too hard for my nurses to get. The nest plan of action was surgery.

I am generally not scared of going under anesthesia or having surgery but this one scare me a bit. There was a possibility that I would wake up from surgery and have a catheter in the back of my knee and have to be transported to another hospital for further operations. By the grace of God, I woke up from surgery without a catheter and good news from my doctor. My surgery had gone well, he was able to remove the clots that took up almost all of my leg. The bad thing was that he found something messed up in my anatomy that basically caused my artery to compress my vein and that is what could have caused my clots.

By the looks of the clots, they could have been building for up to a year. He had to install a stent in order to keep the vein open for the rest of my life.

Currently, I am at home. I was in the hospital for 6 days and went through a lot of testing and pain. I still have pain and I still might for a while. I still have some clots in the bottom half of my leg because the veins are too small to operate on there. I am on blood thinners and other medications. We still don't have the answer on what exactly caused the clots or what the rest of my life looks like in regards to the treatment of this problem.

This was a very scary experience and still is confusing and takes a toll on my brain. I worry about things such as being on blood thinners for my whole life or not being able to take estrogen due to the risk for blood clots. However, I got extremely lucky that I had no clots in my lungs and that the doctors were able to help me as much as they could.

Never ignore the signs of your body! If something feels off, get it checked out. I had a lot of aches and pains in the past few months that could have been pointing to this problem but I didn't find it until the main signs showed up. Pay attention to yourself! I was incredibly blessed to have my amazing family by my side even with the two-hour drive daily and my boyfriend holding my hand the whole way even though we missed a whole week of Disney. I was also super grateful for all the happy wishes and prayers that people sent my way.

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Why Ignorance In Our Country Is Not Bliss

And it never will be.


The saying ignorance is bliss is a bunch of crap. Ignorance is ignorance.

With everything going on in our country, I think it is very important for us to be educating ourselves.

You don't trust the news? Do your own digging.

You don't understand? Do some research.

You don't have the same perspective? Share it.

You only have your religious beliefs to base your knowledge? Learn before you judge.

We live in a scary world today. People judge others they've never met or before they've ever heard their story. People involve themselves in matters that they shouldn't be involved in. People are trying to regulate other people's bodies.

People don't want to learn about the issues they so strongly believe in. People don't want to hear the other side. When did party affiliation become more important than being a human being? When did men get the power to decide what women can do with their bodies? When did we stop being compassionate? When did we stop being decent human beings?

I don't want to live in a world where I have all these questions.

I don't want to live in a world where a judicial system will convict a woman who got an abortion after she was raped, but won't convict her rapist.

I don't want to live in a world where my social media timeline makes me want to cry.

I want to live in a world where everyone's opinion matters, not just the one you agree with.

I want to live in a world where everyone's voice is heard equally, not just the one's in power.

I want to live in a world where everyone's story is taken into consideration, not just the one's the government wants you to hear.

I want to live in a world where I can raise a young girl and not be afraid for her.

I want to live in a world where we do good.

I want to live in a world where we have differences, but that doesn't make us any less equal.

I want to live in a world where we don't judge before we know.

I want to live in a world where religious beliefs are respected.

I want to live in a world where it doesn't matter what political party you are.

I want to live in a world where people see right from wrong.

I want to live in a world where I am not afraid.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

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