Am I the Only One?

Do you ever sit there and wonder, is it just me? Am I the only one who feels like this? Am I the only one who has these anxieties or fears or questions? As humans, we spend more time with our private thoughts than we do in conversation with others, and most private thoughts would never be shared.

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Lately I’ve been wondering if I’m the only one who gets anxious about telling other people – friends and family in particular – when I’m feeling crappy or in pain. A part of me thinks it’s an ego thing. #Imtoocooltoshowit. But more so it’s almost like I don’t trust other people to care if that makes sense. I feel like their eyes will glaze over and they’ll be annoyed that I’m complaining. (Which doesn’t really make sense since I never complain). And yet, at the same time, I’m always empathetic when my friends and family complain about their bodily aches and pain or migraines or anxieties or stresses. My eyes don’t glaze over and truth be told, I don’t really see it as complaining as much as it is explaining. So why do I think they’ll be different? There is maybe one friend that I would be open with, and probably part of the reason is the length of our friendship and the openness we have shared in the past. (Lucky for me she moved to the same province so I’ll actually be able to see her fairly often).

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Am I the only one who feels this way? The logical part of me thinks I’m probably not. Likely there are others who do because that’s the way it is for most things. I’ve found that a lot of the chronic pain community does have similar anxieties and fears, whether this is one of them, well, I suppose you could tell me. The reason I share on this blog is to promote that we aren’t the only ones, we aren’t alone, and hopefully calm some of those feelings that we all get from time to time.