Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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When you want to make plans with someone, what do you do?
No matter what form of communication you choose, you reach out to the person with whom you'd like to hang out, right?
Well, when I want to hang out with someone, especially someone new, I can't just contact them. Instead, my social anxiety causes me to go through a bunch of steps leading up to making that contact. Sometimes, I don't like to talk about my anxiety, but sometimes I feel like sharing my experiences may be eye-opening to others.
First of all, I never call anyone. Talking on the phone is one of the most difficult parts of my life. I can answer the phone, and it's easier for me to have a conversation with someone if they called me, but it's still difficult. There's no way I make the phone call though. I mean, I can call my parents, but that's about it. I can't even call my best friend. Sometimes, for my aunt's birthday, my mom will tell me to call, and I can't even do that. Meanwhile, the woman lives alone, so it's either going to be her answering, or the answering machine. Yet, if my mom talks first, I can get on after and speak. I can't even really call to order a pizza, and I hate when I get called into work because I have to talk to my boss on the phone. It's horrible.
Anyway, when I'm trying to make plans with someone, I may not be able to call them, but I can leave them a message. Sounds easy, right? Not for me...
All of that, just to see if someone wants to hang out. It shouldn't be that big of a deal, and yet it is. The rational part of my brain (and my parents) tell me to just take the 'leap of faith,' if you will, but the social anxiety part of my brain prevents me from just going for it.
So the next time you make plans with someone, remember how lucky you are to be able to just talk to someone without worry. I'd give anything to be rid of my anxiety.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.