PLYMOUTH PRIDE 2017
Thanks to the Not Alone Plymouth Support Group, I now have friends. The Universe brought these people into my life and I am so thankful. Thankful to the Universe, and thankful to Amber and Erin, for creating Not Alone Plymouth, a group full of such lovely, unique people.
80% of the day was massively positive. I did things the me of 2016 wouldn’t have thought possible. I was there as me for starters :) 100% me :) I wore a little rainbow TuTu, proudly waving the Trans Flag, marching through the streets with the Not Alone Plymouth Support Group. I even had random people coming up asking for Selfies, and I felt totally at ease.
“I had a taste of what it feels like to be relaxed around people
and You know what …
I think I like it :)“
A SELFIE, WITH THE SELFIE QUEEN, CLAIRE :)
When we got to the Hoe, a big grassy area over looking the ocean, I was still content. A few of us went for a little walk, and I managed to pluck up the courage to ask Claire for a selfie together :) I’m so happy to have this photo. Claire is so nice, she’s helped me a lot over the past few months, so it’s cool to finally have a photo together :)
There were other highlights too, I saw my Boss from work and ran over to her, we hugged and had a little chat. When I think about that it’s kind of insane. My boss from work, saw me as me :) I’ve never been to work as me, she knows I’m Transgender, but this was a first, for someone at work to see me. Yet it seemed so natural. I didn’t even think about it till I got home. My Boss from work has seen me as me, and she totally accepted me and I didn’t feel awkward or anything :) I also saw two girls I used to work with years ago, I ran over to them too and said hello. They had never even known I was Transgender, let alone seen me as me. Again, this was amazing, because they just totally seemed happy and accepted me as me :)
Plymouth Pride 2017 did however highlight how much Social Anxiety will hold me back if I don’t find a way to overcome it. About two hours into the event, I started to get overwhelmed with negative social anxiety based thoughts. I was amongst friends. I was me and totally proud of being me. I was in a safe environment. I had zero reason to be uncomfortable, yet Social Anxiety doesn’t care. It will take you down to china town without a care in the world. It started filling my mind with negative thoughts and unfortunately, I let it get the better of me. I don’t currently have the skills to intercept it. I ended up running away from the event without even saying bye to anyone. I ran away as I needed to be on my own to process what was going on. I felt overwhelmed.
That night, I was up till midnight thinking. I realised I have to do something about Social Anxiety now else it will continue to hold me back from truly being myself around people. I researched online and found Sam Schaeffer, someone who had life crippling Social Anxiety too. I could relate so much to his story. He left me inspired, for not only did he overcome it, but he’s now helping others overcome it too via his online course, iOvercameAnxiety. I signed up to it that night and started working on it the next day. I can safely say, this is going to help me so much :)
Plymouth Pride 2017 therefore, was a pretty epic day.
I felt so many different emotions; the best being a taste of what it feels like to be relaxed around people.
And you know what …
I think I like it :)
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