Change is scary, all change is scary, even that leading to progress, to improvement, to growth. to achievement. Sometimes we have to embrace the fear, the risk, the unknown. Otherwise, stagnation, decay. There can be no standing still in life. Life exists in time, and time moves forward, always. We can move forward with it, or fall behind. Nothing else is possible. We each must choose, and choose often. Our choices create who we become in time.
Sometimes anxiety is a good thing.
The other night I gave a presentation on anxiety to Active Minds, the student organization whose mission is to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental illness. I began the presentation by reminding everyone that anxiety is not always something we want to get rid of. It motivates us to act. It socializes us. And it warns us when we are about to do something scary.
But sometimes it’s good to do something scary.
When I started my blog, it never occurred to me to use an avatar, because the point was to get people to know me so that they would buy my book someday. Plus, anonymously blogging about vulnerability seemed hypocritical. But I have to admit, sometimes I wonder what the hell I’m doing, telling people all my deep, dark secrets, and I wish there were a way I could take…
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