This post is from me, because I think this is important.
Are we brave?
Social Anx (@social_anx) ran a pole on Twitter, asking social anxiety sufferers whether they think they’re brave.
Only 14% consider themselves brave.
That means 86% of those who took part are wrong, in my view, unless any of those are constantly locked up in a room and never see a soul. I think anyone who defies social anxiety enough to venture out, to do things outside their comfort zone, to face potential derision, disdain, misunderstanding, rejection – is a brave person.
The fact that 86% of responders do not see themselves as brave is due to low self-esteem, a symptom of social anxiety. They are brave and need to recognise that. If they don’t recognise their bravery, no one else will.
And that’s unfortunate.
Stop press! This quote from @SocialAnxiety88 says it all:
You are not weak. People like us, we’re brave. We’re the ones who get up and face our worst fears every day. We keep fighting.
The last post on this blog was two months ago. Time for a catchup.
November was NaNoWriMo, that month of the year when an ever growing number of people around the world try to write a novel in a month. Those who despise it haven’t got it, I think. The result is only a first draft. It’s not for anyone else to read and definitely not for publication. I didn’t manage to “win” this year, but I had a great time creating thirty-something thousand words that will form a basis for a new novel… when I can find time to work on it.
Then we went away, to Vietnam and Cambodia, two countries I never expected to visit, given what I heard about them all through my childhood and beyond. The trip was wonderful.
What’s happening now? Well, I’ve been featured on a few blogs: