I planned on going out this evening.

It’s interesting, if you’d ask me a couple of years ago I’d have said anxiety is something that doesn’t affect my life at all. Today, I wonder if I’ve anxiety in general (I’m not sure whether freaking out has anything to do with anxiety or not) and I think I know I’ve social anxiety.

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I was planning on going to an evening tonight. I was fully prepared. I spent this morning talking myself through it. Tapping through it (EFT). I never do tapping, yet I did this morning. I tapped on each statement two or three (or four) times

Today can be an awesome day

I am okay always

Maybe I can face scary situations

Maybe I am strong enough to handle it

Maybe I can make a fool of myself and it would be okay

Maybe others don’t think so much

Going tonight would be scary

And I can do scary things

Asking my workmates if I can go, what I need to do, who I need to tell

Discussing it with my workmates seems terrifying

And I can do scary things

I’m strong, I am capable, I am courageous

I am scared to be around so many people

And it’s possible I’ll enjoy it

My workmates may tell me there’s no space for me with them

They may be uninterested in me joining

It could be they’ll be a group and I’ll be left out

And it will be okay

Whatever happens it will be okay

And I will be okay

I am okay

I am stronger than I believe

More powerful than I know

I am okay

I was really okay. I discussed it with my workmates, they couldn’t care less either way. They would be a group, and I decided it would be okay. That I was going to go because in some sense I wanted to. I both did and didn’t want to. Yet, yet yet yet. It didn’t happen.

Because 50 minutes before I’d have to leave I wanted to get into pj’s and decided not to because I was going in 50 minutes. So I did some stuff. And then I saw the time. 55 minutes later. I was late. I was out of schedule. I wasn’t really ready. I didn’t know if I’d really want to go. By the time I’d get there I didn’t know if they would be there or not. Where they’d be sitting. If I’d have to walk through the hall to them. If I looked okay. If I really wanted to go. If I didn’t want to go. I’m exhausted. I’m really too tired to go. It was just, too much. Every minute I spent thinking about it made it later, and later, and later, until it really was too late to go. Well not really too late, but too late for me.

Instead I got into pj’s. Which was a relief. Which I’m glad and sad about. Glad because I didn’t go. Glad because I didn’t want to go. Glad because I didn’t really have the energy for a late evening, really late, and it’d be an evening with people. Glad because I’m not longer anxious about it for I just didn’t. Sad because I actually may have enjoyed it. Sad because I probably would have enjoyed it. Sad primarily because I didn’t choose, I didn’t win. I let the fear win. And I know why, because I’d gotten late. And my body was feeling more than shattered, I know too, that it was my body’s reaction to fear, I know because now that I’m not going my body doesn’t feel as shattered. I spent so long preparing myself this morning. I was busy all day. I was actually ready to go. Yet, I didn’t. It just didn’t happen.

Did I waste my time? Preparing myself if I didn’t even go? I don’t know… I wish I could cry.

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14 thoughts on “Today.

  1. You tried and you worked up to it and ran out of time, it happens don’t give up next time give yourself time. I have to make sure I give myself time as I really hate being late for things just like you encountered.

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  2. Wow. This really hit home. The planning, the little relaxation exercises. Been there ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
    I do this all the time. Social obligations or plans are tortuous. I almost always do the same thing. Sometimes I regret it but sometimes not. Sometimes people get mad at me for canceling and then I feel guilty and ashamed. Why is this so hard for me? It can be a crippling fear. But Iโ€™ve learned to forgive myself, and embrace the way I am. I need to take care of myself and thatโ€™s my first priority. So if I need to stay home in my pajamas, I do so, and try to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing, and keeping it real!

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  3. There will/may be other times and you’ll be ready then Eliza. And, I have to admit that spending a night home in PJs makes ME happier than spending an evening with people. But that is me and I am the wrong person to comment on this post because, as you know, my today was wonderful since I didn’t have to interact with anyone (except the squirrels). But YOU have to do what makes you happy and gives you the least amount of angst. You might have had a good time, but you might have wanted to come home shortly thereafter and perhaps unable to make a graceful exit and thus spend the night being miserable. Try again at another event that you might enjoy more, but don’t beat yourself over this one time – maybe subconsciously you suddenly realized at 55 minutes it was not going to happen for a reason.

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