Three Topics of Interest: What You can Learn from Me
According to the dictionary, an anecdote means a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature. Yes, I looked the definition up for your benefit more than my own. I knew what it meant.
I have plenty of these from my years growing up, especially when it comes to being embarrassed about something, bullied, or whatever. The hours spent reading them, though, might bore you so I’ll spare ya the hassle.
That’s not why I’m writing this article for you, though. Instead, I wanted to tell you a little more about me. That way, you can get to know me a better since not many people can say they know me very well.
I suppose this introduction will have to do for your personal anecdote for the week or so, won’t it? Will it do any good to promise you to have anecdotes in the future, my dear reader(s)? If you want to watch the video instead of reading through all of this material, I have one for you.
This won’t be an exact transcription but I’ll make it close enough that you’ll be able to follow along pretty well. I have five things about me that I want readers like you to know. I don’t want you reading anything from a stranger, after all.
I got diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder this past March (March of 2017) after over 10 years of dealing with it. This means I’m nervous and anxious all the time – there was no relief in sight.
After the diagnosis, I felt so much relief. A psychiatrist I’m still seeing put me on medication for it (Prozac for antidepressants and Clonezapam for the anxiety) and I’ll be seeing a therapist at the end of June of 2017.
I’ve never really believed in seeing a therapist before since I’ve had bad experiences with therapists before. After those experiences, finding the right therapist for you is key to your success in therapy.
Not everyone will find therapy to be a success at first. Trust me when I say that, like some other things, therapy takes time to take effect. There is no such thing as overnight success when it comes to therapy.
The same is said for medication. I started out on a child’s dosage of each medication. The psychiatrist doubled it after he realized I wasn’t seeing any sort of effect.
I am on an adult’s dosage of 20mg of Prozac and 1mg of Clonezapam. It makes me woozy at times and makes me stumble quite a bit. Can you say “drunk, much”? It looks hilarious but is quite scary when done at work.
What this means is that I’m a huge-ass introvert. I’m intuitive person by nature and base my decisions on how I judge the situation I find myself in. Having an anxiety disorder also means I am an emotional person as well more often than not.
I don’t speak much to other people unless you speak to me first. That’s the way it’s always been with me. Kids bullied me a lot as a younger woman because I refused to speak up for myself.
I didn’t speak up for myself because I didn’t know how to speak up for myself. To the other children, me not doing anything signified that they could keep bullying me. This also means they also walked all over me as a child.
A lot of this has changed since middle school but that doesn’t mean I’m any louder. I’m still a very quiet person and I read books instead of speaking to the person next to me.
I used to read so much in my school years that I used to get into trouble for it. This sub-header sounds so much better with that sentence to start it off. Teachers used to take my book away because I wouldn’t put it down.
A teacher called me out for reading during a test because she thought I was cheating. She was calling out the questions slower than I liked. I thought it was a good idea to read between questions after I’d answered them.
Not such a good idea, folks. She called me out in front of the entire class while telling me to close the classroom door. She chose me to close the door so she could chew me out, so to speak.
That is not a fond memory but it sets the tone here for my love of books. There are some books I read so many times that I could recite them to you. I used to be able to recite the entire first chapter of the first Harry Potter novel.
All in all, I prefer the fantasy genre than any other one I’ve read to date. I have been getting into memoirs, though, while going through Emma Watson’s reading list. That list has been an interesting “ride”, to say the least!
You could call me a feminist if you wanted to put a label on me. I believe in equal rights more than anything else. Women shouldn’t have power over the men or anything like that.
When reading the Bible, it says that we women were made from the rib cage of a man named Adam. I don’t talk religion much, though my parents raised me in a religious home. But yeah…the Big Guy created men dominant for some reason.
Do I believe in that theory? Not a chance, bub! (Yes, that was Wolverine/Logan reference. I am a geek, people.) I do believe we should get equal pay, equal jail time, etc.
I got my first CD player for Christmas in 2000 when I was 10 years old. My aunt gave it to me and it worked for 16 years. Who knew I’d keep it that long or that it would even work after 18 years?
The devastating moment came earlier this year when the CD player stopped working. I was not using it anymore due to iTunes and my gorgeous gold iPod but I still kept it anyway. I suppose it’s the sentimental value that counts, right?
As I was saying, I’m on a Lindsey Stirling binge when I’m not listening to body positivity podcasts. I am now a podcast maniac after finding them a few weeks ago.
Being an entrepreneur means working on your own a lot so I’ve learned how to keep to myself. Music has helped me do that quite well, as have the podcasts I listen to.
I hope you enjoyed the five things I decided to share with you. You may believe me to be a weird person but you know what? That’s perfectly alright with me because I am weird at the end of the day.
Not having an anecdote to tell you now doesn’t mean I won’t have one for you later. I like warming you up a bit before I dive right into my hard-core content. I am not one of those people who jumps right into the pool first, after all.
Are you ready for some blog posts about body positivity, health and wellness, and mental illness? I hope you are because that’s what you’re getting! Stick around and you might learn a thing or two about yourself!
Do you have any questions for me about what I just told you? Maybe you have a question about the topics I’ll be discussing in future posts. Either way, place them in the comments below, my friend!