selfie dec 2015

The Prompt: Gold

This was going to be a really positive post. A post filled with happiness and joy and all good things. A post filled with gold.

But it’s not. Because tonight we are hosting a music evening for the local expats and a French friend. Tonight approximately twenty people will be in our house, in my house, my safe space, and I will be downstairs with them, taking photos, videos, socialising. Only I’m not.

Tonight I find myself hiding, again. Hiding in my room, listening to the noise, the laughter, the music, from afar.

Afar. That’s a good word. A safe word. It makes me feel detached, as if they can’t get me here.

I’m hiding because my anxiety has got the better of me, once again. It has been weeks since I went to, and took part in, an agility class with TiLi, my pupster. I have tried, and some days I have made it there only to not be able to get out of the car.

And now here I am; sat at my computer, cat on my bed, praying for midnight to come sooner rather than later so that all the people are gone. Breathing. Still breathing, just. Muscles tight, feeling faint and sick. Generally struggling.

It’s not easy this anxiety lark. It is ruining my life again in fact. The CBT I had while I was in the UK left me able to leave the house, but not alone. It was a massive improvement, it made me feel free again, but I plateaued. I got to that point where I couldn’t improve anymore, I was as better as I was going to get.

Anyway, all this leads me to right now. Going backwards. They tell you that it’s not going backwards, that it’s a cha-cha, that you’re getting ready to be fired forward…I don’t buy it anymore. It feels like I’m going backwards. I’m getting worse. I want to be better already, tomorrow, now, yesterday.

This all has nothing to do with the prompt, but my post was supposed to be about how I believe in myself and that I’m awesome and strong and a fighter. But I feel none of those things tonight. Tonight I feel like a failure.

But tomorrow I’ll start the fight again, because I do believe in me, deep down. I am strong, I am indestructible, I am gold.

Always believe in your soul
You’ve got the power to know
You’re indestructible
Always believe in, because you are


  1. Henrietta M Ross

    You’re stronger than you think and things can and do get better. You know this. Sometimes we just have to be patient with ourselves and accept where we are right now, rather than always comparing to when we seemed so father forward. Acceptance allows us the freedom to just be and fosters strength for when we’re ready.

  2. Sara | mumturnedmom

    I’m so sorry that your anxiety is so bad just now, but I hope that by recognising it and believing in yourself things will get better. You are strong, and you will get through this. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with #ThePrompt x

  3. Sheri

    I believe in you as well. I’m sorry you’re going through this, and I’m glad to see you recognize that somewhere deep down you have the strength you need.

  4. Lisa from Lisa's Life

    You are a fighter, and just by communicating here you’re showing the anxiety a little bit of what for. I wish for brighter days with more gold in for you xox

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