Chains of Social Anxiety

I walk into the dreaded room

and a familiar feeling overwhelms my senses

as I look around me

and observe all the smiling faces and joyous outbursts

the pit of worry in my stomach expands

it expands until my throat closes up

and a cold sweat breaks out all over my body

social anxiety

going completely silent when you try to speak up

social anxiety

when a jubilant setting becomes your worst nightmare

it dominates

or it did, rather

until I reminded myself of my worth

of my strength

and of the immense love I have to give

then, I began to break free of the chains of social anxiety

it would control me no more.

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