I Am My Own Biggest Obstacle When It Comes To Living My Best Life
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I Am My Own Biggest Obstacle When It Comes To Living My Best Life

My comfort zone may be small, but my ambitions are not. Things need to start changing.

I Am My Own Biggest Obstacle When It Comes To Living My Best Life
Saurel Viagbo

Within the past few years, I have started to get better about opening up my comfort zone and trying new things, but it is still a hard thing to do. It used to be at the point where I was too anxious to leave my house, and I'd have panic attacks in public, especially at movie theaters and restaurants. I was scared of what people would think of me. I'd be constantly overthinking about conversations I've had throughout the day. I'm not gonna say this still doesn't happen, but I've learned coping mechanisms to help me get through those times and try to enjoy time out with friends and family.

The fear of going out and then having a panic attack started a cycle. The cycle of being scared of the panic attack and not necessarily the event happening, and then I'd have a panic attack about having a panic attack.

This cycle is a hard one to get out of and a mindset quite easy to slip back into.

The beginning of freshman year of college was terrifying, to say the least. I have never been comfortable staying away from home for long periods of time and becoming friends with new people was not my specialty. I must say I'm quite proud of myself because I did make quite a few friends and joined an amazing club that helped me become more involved within the Towson community. I am now a photographer for the school newspaper and a writer on this site! I get to go around and do a photoshoot with friends for fun and be myself.

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I know in the future I have to put myself out there in order to make a living off of what I love, which is my artwork. I want to travel to places far from home and I want to accomplish dreams that can't be done if my comfort zone is not expanded.

I would also like to say thank you to those in my life who have helped me along the way, through each panic attack and mental break down. I appreciate all you've done for me and accepted me for who I am. For those of you who know someone like me who has anxiety, be patient and be understanding. That is the best thing you can do.

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