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Throughout my earlier school years, I always struggled with extreme anxiety and had trouble being in large groups of people. I always felt awkward in situations that I didn’t really know anyone, and it made it hard especially during my high school years. I never got the chance to go to prom, to any parties besides family gatherings or church events, and I felt like if I had been more adjusted and in control of who I was during that time period, those years of my life would have been more stable. I also found that I was more often than not going in and out of inpatient hospitals, so it was hard to maintain relationships with friends. I am so happy that I have been able to get to a point in my recovery journey that I am attending school and am able to have relationships that I know are meaningful. I wouldn’t have been able to get to this step if I didn’t have belief in myself, or if had never learned to become comfortable in some social situations. At times I guess we just have to go through some discomfort in order to proceed to the good stuff. I am now able to confidently progress in the social aspects of my life, and I am glad it has happened now that I am ready for it than having had it happen earlier on when I probably wasn’t equipped to handle and maintain relationships. 🙂
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