Welcome to Silentio Sonante – the ponderings of my inner mind. I am Andria Kennedy: freelance writer, writer of science fiction and fantasy (please feel free to visit my other blog, Antihero Kreative, if you’re interested in that aspect of things), and, yes, a fellow warrior of depression and anxiety.
So, make yourself a mug of hot chocolate, find a comfortable chair, and sink into the silence, shall we?
“You need to get out more.” Most people with certain confining mental illnesses hear that statement at one point or another. The intent probably isn’t malicious, but there’s no real understanding going on, either. That big wide world with people in it? It’s horrifying! And asking us to step out there is equivalent to throwing us to the lions.
Many of us undergo a special kind of conditioning as we age – one we’re not aware of. It’s subtle, and it builds its way into our psyche. Slowly, people chip away at our confidence. We begin to see failure as our due. And we set the bar of expectation lower and lower. Recognizing the signs is difficult. And breaking the pattern? Harder still.
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