Today I am starting a series on Anxiety Champions. What on earth are those I hear you ask? For me, they are people who put their anxiety out there. Some are winning hands down, many are still fighting hard, some have even simply said, “you know what, I am just going to live my life with this anyway!”.
But what makes them unique in my eyes is that they put themselves out there, and they are not afraid to talk about it. If you know anything about me by now then you would know that I am all about #BeingTransparent, and #BeingReal. I love honesty, I am on the truth side of the spectrum (while learning to have an equal measure of Grace along the way), and I believe deeply in building community in order to make a safe and fertile environment for anyone to heal.
Writing for me is about sharing my voice, but there is no point in me using it if I don’t have a community to hear me, challenge me or grow me. Anxiety is my hot topic right now because of my book, but I would be remiss if I did not mention that there are many out there who are fighting their own battles as well and that many of them are real champions.
Today’s Anxiety Champion is Matt Pappas from Surviving My Past. If you follow me on Twitter you would know that I often tweet his posts, and in theory, I am going to be guest blogging on his site a bit this year (but too afraid to start, because he does his so well!). And … he has so generously and kindly written the Foreword of my book on Anxiety which hits Kindle Stores this weekend. I feel so honored to be connected to such a true and vulnerable human being.
His blogs and writings are so real, so candid, and if you want to know what it is like both living and healing from anxiety, trauma, PTSD and so on, then this is your man. He works hard at sharing his journey and he isn’t afraid every now and then to stand back and say that he is struggling a bit and to take a break from his on-line community. I often open my Twitter to find a tweet of someone cheering him on. And they cheer him on because they love him. He inspires them and he is so very generous with his wisdom, guidance, and deep and honest opinion.
Matt cuts no corners, dresses up nothing, … he simply puts his battle with anxiety out there and I feel encouraged just knowing that I am not alone. Thank you, Matt!