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“Do you ever have that dream, Where you’re walking naked down the street, And everyone just stares”
We’ve all had a dream like this in Jennifer Love Hewitt’s song. We’ve even had those moments where we feel bare naked in a situation that makes us feel super uncomfortable.
I’ve felt like this many times in my life. I know it’s the anxiety that makes me feel like this and I hate it. I lay in bed many nights just randomly thinking of those stupid embarrassing moments.
The thing is, many of those moments are usually blown out of proportion in my head. The people who were there most likely don’t even think another thought of it. I’m usually very quiet in public, especially crowded places. If somehow I feel comfortable enough to talk a bit more, I tend to overthink those moments later and wonder how stupid I sounded or looked.
Anxiety sucks – BIG time. I try not to think about it and start thinking about fun or happy times. But, somehow, my brain ALWAYS loops back to something that heightens my anxiety. This is the main reason why I am on my phone or Kindle while in bed until I fall asleep. (BTW – If you do the same thing, I recommend an app that reduces blue light on your mobile devices, like the Kindle has, to help your brain fall asleep instead of staying awake.)
Sometimes we have to put ourselves out there bare naked. We have to do what needs to be done to get what we want. I just wish it wasn’t so hard for me.