Seek Peace

I want to start this by saying that I am in no way trying to start a debate. Trust me. I love having discussions about politics, social issues, and much more.

But this is not about a debate. This is about moving together in the midst of fear.  

When I first created my blog, I wanted to write, speak, and stand against fear. And there are so many moments in life that point out powerful truths of standing against fear.

The events occurring in our nation are exactly that. A subversive story about standing together in the midst of fear.

Personally, I have been inspired and encouraged by the number of students who are standing up to regulations that have kept them living in a place of fear. I understand that you might have a different political or social view than me. And that’s okay. But what I do know is that each of us want to stand up against fear in some way and somehow.

Whether you are male or female. Religious or non-religious. Conservative or Liberal.

We innately understand that when there is intense fear and violence, we desire to say one thing: “this is not the way things should be.”

In the face of fear and criticism, these students have decided to stand.

They stand in the midst of grieving the loss of their fellow students, friends, and teachers. They are standing up and screaming their worth.

There is such a powerful message embedded here: that in the midst of fear, when we confidently stand together, we realize that we were never alone. We have a group of people standing with us, screaming our worth, and telling fear that it doesn’t have a place here.

Having a community of people in the midst of fear is powerful.

In regards to anxiety, having a team of people that can stand together and advocate for personal peace is immeasurably better than being alone.

When I first began my journey of discovering my anxiety, I felt alone and crazy. It felt as if my mind was going insane. I felt panicked often and was worried I would have a panic attack out in public. I felt alone and scared.

In conversations with other people I learned that I wasn’t alone. I remember having a powerful conversation with one of my friends that was also struggling with the crippling weight of anxiety. In this interaction, we shared more about our anxious minds and I began to see that I wasn’t alone. We had so many similarities with our journeys and I felt like I wasn’t actually as crazy as I had thought. Or perhaps we were crazy together… Either way, I felt comfort.

Also, this blog has been scary for me. As I have explained before, I had many fears launching this writing project. But already I have had so many incredible experiences. The first day I launched this, my friend from junior high reached out to me and explained that she has dealt with anxiety for a long time too. I would have never known this if I hadn’t put my writing out there!

Community is key.

I have learned that I have a team of people all standing with me, understanding me, and fighting against fear with me. It is easy for me to feel alone in my crazy anxious mind. But I am not. It takes moments of bravery and courage to be vulnerable when fear is yelling at me to be quiet.

Community is powerful. Moving from feeling alone to recognizing others alongside us in the midst of fear is bold and subversive.

Friends, if you feel alone in your journey with anxiety, you are not.

You are not crazy. You are not alone. And you are not unworthy of peace.

You are powerful. You are strong. You are brave. And you are worthy of peace. 

You have a team of people around you advocating for peace.

Let’s stand together as we seek peace, personally and collectively.

Elyssa Schultheiss