At the age of 8, I wanted to be a travel agent. That was the plan until one fateful day right before Christmas break when I learned about storytelling.
Professional speakers and self-help books encourage us to step outside our comfort zones and embrace the new. But even the new becomes a comfort zone after awhile. My step outside a comfort zone showed me the person I could be.
I have been struggling with low energy, strong cramps and high irritability. Instead of taking time to mend me, I used my energy to build a front that I was fine. That was until my front came crashing down in epic fashion last weekend.
On Thursday, I presented a speech about social anxiety as part of the Mental Health Awareness Week at the Sechelt Library. It was after the speeches that a magic moment occurred that highlighted why talking about mental health is so important.
With one word, I committed myself to a public speaking event on mental health at the Sechelt Library on May 4, 2017, at 7 pm.
Am I ready? Far from it.
Toastmasters has enabled me to talk about one facet of my life I have kept secret. How I learned the importance of talking about my anxiety.