You Are Stronger Than Anxiety

You Are Stronger Than What Your Anxiety Makes You Feel

You may seem and feel weaker to others but you are actually much, much stronger than you know.

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You know the feeling all too well. The feeling of being overwhelmed. The mental exhaustion. The being happy and forgetting for just a split second and then it all hitting you like a wave of extreme pain and the familiar feeling of "oh yeah, I don't ever get a break from this." You're not alone and society this day and age has become a lot more understanding of that. Let me tell you: you are so so much stronger than people believe you are, even than what you believe you yourself are.

You undergo more stress than a normal person has to go through even on your relaxing days. You only have a split second, when you wake up in the morning, that you don't feel anything. Which is bliss, then it all comes to you like a massive wave engulfing your every breath. You tell yourself, "you are okay", "it could happen, probably won't though" and you start your day. You have heard and tried every trick in the book to reduce your anxiety to be bearable.

No other person has the right to invalidate your feelings or to tell you to get over it. The pain you feel is real, and that's what makes you strong. You act like it's all fine when you feel the opposite, and that's what makes you strong. You don't let anyone see your struggle and that's what makes you strong. You are strong.

One thing your anxiety has done is help you cope. You know how to deal, you know how to heal, you know how to move on. This has given you the ability that when a real struggle comes, one that even someone who doesn't suffer from anxiety might shudder at having to cope with, you know what to do to help yourself and others. This makes you a stronghold. It isn't fun, but you know how to help others when they need help. It makes you a giver when you feel you have nothing else to give. It makes you understanding when you can't understand yourself. It makes you empathetic. All of these makes people gravitate towards you. All of this makes you strong. And the sooner that you come to realize this, the sooner you will be able to regain your confidence and surprisingly, you will be able to cope even more with what you have.

You can do it, you are strong; find what helps you and cling to it. You are strong.

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Dear 'Straight Pride,' Check Your Privilege: It's HOMO-Sapiens, Not HETERO-Sapiens

Don't be upset, you are more than welcome to enjoy your straight-ness, just as much as you have to tolerate our non-straight-ness.

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Disclaimer: This letter contains sarcasm and unfiltered honesty.

Pride month is one of the BEST MONTHS OUT THERE. Four weeks of rainbows, glitter, and good old fashioned love... except for Boston. Apparently, Boston is holding a Straight Pride Parade planned for August 31st to celebrate... well, I'm not quite sure what would be celebrated. Sexual confusion? A false sense of Christianity? The delicate structure that is "no homo?"

Honestly, I feel like its a huge waste of city funds. So, I figured I should highlight some important details about gay pride.

In June 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City on the basis that being gay wasn't OK. That's it. The raid caused a riot among LGBT+ patrons and neighbors as police brutally threw patrons and employees out of the club. This event was followed by six days of protests and violent clashes, lead by a group of Drag Queens, including Black American Drag Queens. This was the catalyst for the gay rights movement.

Since then, gay rights have made so much progression such as Same-Sex Marriage legalized in the US in 2015, to same-sex couples, and LGBTQ+ roles shown on television.

Dear Straight people,

The entire point of pride is to celebrate a group of people who are ostracized IN SOCIETY. People who have to FIGHT for the right to love, the right to be represented, and the right to be accepted by their friends, family, work colleagues, their place of worship and the rest of the world!

It's all well and good to want to celebrate yourself for your culture and traditions (google search: family holidays), or your own accomplishments during your life (google search: Applebee's). Celebrating sexuality is much more personal because it's still not accepted in most regions or religions of the world.

Don't be upset, you are more than welcome to enjoy your straight-ness, just as much as you have to tolerate our non-straight-ness. You don't have to believe in a same-sex marriage, the same way I don't believe that religion is your sole reason to ostracize, bully, torment and dehumanize a group of innocent people who don't conform. Gay, lesbian, transgender, asexual, bisexual, the victims of the pulse shooting, ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE HEARTS, TOO.

If at the end of this article, you still care to make an argument, I'd like to ask you some questions.

Have you ever been fired because you are straight?

Have you ever been bullied, assaulted, attacked, or banned from using the bathroom because you are straight?

Has anyone from your family ever stopped talking to you or stopped loving you because of your sexuality?

Have you ever been afraid to be yourself?

Has your church (or any form of safety zone) ever told you that you would burn in hell based on your sexuality?

Let me know.

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Am I An Addict And Social Media Is The Drug?

Hey, my name is Ashley Williams and I am a social media fanatic.

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I don't know if it's because I was born into this generation that is built on social media and technology or what, but I just know it's a part of me that I won't be able to get rid of.

Social media has amazing perks... it's a faster way of getting and keeping in touch with someone, you have your daily news and entertainment right at your fingertips, and you can share and learn just by opening up an app. But, despite these amazing advancements social media has provided for me, recently I've been feeling kind of like a... zombie, or slave to social media.

It's gotten to the point where it's a part of my morning, afternoon, and nightly routine. I wake up to browsing my social media to ending my night checking my social media one more time just in case I missed anything that's "worth my time."

Recently in my Writ 102 class, we had to write a research paper about anything our hearts desired, and I chose to write about the impacts of social media on someone's mental health.

While researching and trying to get my sources, I came across tons of information that suggest that millennials are most likely to experience a phenomenon called FOMO, fear of missing out. Crazy, cause that's exactly how I feel when I check my Twitter or Instagram feed right after I was just on it knowing damn well, nothing new has popped up.

...And this thought came to me... am I an addict and social media is the drug?




Is getting a notification, a" like", a dm, or something new being popping up on my feed the dopamine that's fueling my craving for my social media addiction?



Is this bad? I mean it's not like I checked my phone seven times, mindlessly scrolling while writing the first half of my blog... I'm not that addictive. It's just a little crave.



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