Step out of your Comfort Zone, You might just like it

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Last Saturday I had a chance to go to a paint night event.  

I had made the commitment to attend weeks before and I was interested in going.  Then Saturday afternoon came and my anxiety set in. I started to doubt my interest in the event, and was beginning to come up with excuses and reasons on why I did not want to attend.  This was a charity event for a non-profit that spreads the words about mental health and suicide prevention, yet I almost let me anxiety take hold of me for no good reason.

I decided to take control and say no to my anxiety.  

I decided to stand up and be the one in control. I made the decision that I was going to go to the event.  Friends had told me that it was fun and that I would enjoy it. I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed myself.  I had always enjoyed painting and drawing so this would be the perfect event for me to express my creativity. And that is exactly is what happened.  I had never been to anything like this so I did not know what to expect.

When I arrived there were tables full of easels, brushes, paint, and canvases. I took my seat at a table with my family.  Once the instructions began on the creating the painting, I felt myself become instantly calm. I was engrossed in what I was creating and making sure that the colors blended together nicely.  I was transported to another place. A place where I was not thinking about anxiety, bipolar disorder, or medication. It was just me and my creation. I fully enjoyed myself and my finished product was proof of that.

This was the picture that I had to paint!

This was the picture that I had to paint!

This is my painting!!!!!!!

This is my painting!!!!!!!

I learned a couple of things from this experience.  One of the first things that I learned was that I have the power when anxiety sets in and tries to tell me lies and take over.  I have control over what I do when I am afraid or when fear sets in. I also learned that when you step out of your comfort zone, you may actually like it.  

Give new things and experiences a try, you never know what you will end up liking.

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