Ever get the feeling that something's stuck in your throat? Ever feel the panic? Like every breath is a fight? I've lived with that feeling for most of my life. Except it's a little nagging voice, that's stuck at the base of my brain, stuck on repeat. "What will they think if you", "what will they say when you".
It's something I don't want my child to experience. I know my little nagging voice comes from multiple environments where people meant well. Only their definition of meaning well, must have related to not being embarrassed, not losing face, an aversion to taking risks.
I'm not sure what the antidote to this poison is. I just hope reversing it doesn't take as long as my realization.