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20 February 2010

Strong like the Tree

Today I face one of my biggest fears: putting myself out there to be judged by my peers.  It sounds trivial to some, and all my friends say I have nothing to be afraid of, but it's hard to explain social anxiety to one who is not anxious or fearful about being around people.  My therapist told me a great story about the room of 10,000 fears, and how once you enter you can't get out.  If you walk through you will eventually come to the way out, but you have to face your fears to do so.  Most never make it out and are stuck in a perpetual state of fear, but a few face their fears and come out for the better on the other side.  I won't lie, I am still a bit nervous, but feel I have the courage to make it through my room of fears.  I rationalize by asking what the worst scenario could be, and it's never as bad as I think it is.  I'm very good at exaggerating my fears.  But part of my resolution (to just be me) involves being myself and not caring if someone judges me.  They don't have the power to affect me unless I allow them to.  So here's to keeping my head up, not freaking out, and having lots of fun today.  Wish me luck!  :)

--Courageous Charlie


  1. Putting your writing out there is one of the hardest steps for writers to make. Writing is very personal, it exposes a part of you. But don't worry, once you get over that first hurdle, it gets easier! Best of luck to you!

  2. thanks for the follow. :) and good luck with putting yourself out there! the first step through that room starts with forward movement. hope to see you around the blogosphere!

    The Character Therapist



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