Panic drives us to do some strange things. It drives us to find a way to escape — to flee from — the uncomfortable physical and mental sensations.
Elementary school math: you start with the basics, and only challenge yourself further once you’ve mastered a level. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. Why should approaching anxiety and phobias be any different?
I wanted to re-frame a breakdown into a breakthrough.
Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll share my story with an audience of strangers. I will be re-framing the process of breaking down as one of breaking through.
I can’t panic now, I thought. I want to pay this parking ticket. I have a hair cut appointment in a half hour. Then, I need to grade some more papers. I’ve got shit to do. Don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.
I’m one of those oddballs who looked forward to the opportunity to raise my hand in class & ask questions.