To those who serve or had serve, or have family who served in the military I give you my thanks for serving this country. So I hope everyone is with some kind of love ones, family, friends, significant other, relatives, in-laws, or your friendly neighbor hooding alien. I wish you all a happy day and to keep those smiling faces. The world needs more of people gathering together and eating, laughing, remembering, and giving remembrance. Stay positive everyone and be happy!
There is nothing more frustrating or anxiety-building than not having a strong support system and that's normally in anything you do! Sure, you could be the type of lone wolf who works alone, but don't tell me you don't appreciate a "good job" or "you can do it" every now and then? I'm saying this because - speaking from experience, and while my family does encourage, I can't say the same for my significant other. You need a support system that will build you up, not bring you down.
They will read what you have written, test out a project or critique a work of art, play that new indie game you developed. Whatever the case, a support should be there to steer you on a good path. No, never should they fill your head, but every once and awhile praise should be given when it is given and honest opinions should be dealt with NOT with an iron fist but direct and mature.
The world is already tough and though most of us can stand on our own two feet, some of us can't, or some of us need a little helping hand along the way.
You are special, in every way, shape or form. I know it's hard when someone close to you tells you mean and unkind words about what you're doing (why not? They were the LEAST person who should have done that) but just keep pursuing in it. You are wonderfully made and don't deserve that kind of mistreatment. From one person who has felt this way, constantly, keep your head high, and try not to "let the haters win"; in the end they won't make it in life because they'll be busy making fun of others while you succeed and surpass them.
Feeling pressured lately? As if there's a rush to "do this" and "do that". That overwhelming surge of anxiety that makes you feel like your drowning and that life is unbearable. How do you cope with that feeling? What kinds of things hold you under water as a writer (or not as a writer!) At the very least, you feel alone, and forgotten. Sure you have your family, friends, and maybe even your dog Fido and Cat Fi-Fi, but for some reason no one really understands this overwhelmed anxiety feeling that pushes us down. How does one overcome it? How do you push through the negative constraints of society and get rid of this negative emotion.
It's hard to do and you just feel like balling up in a fetal position and just crying, letting everything out; feeling alone and numb to the world because no one understands your problems better than yourself. So you become your own soldier and you fight through the wars of your mind: Anxiety, depression, worthlessness, the feeling of writers block, and seeing everyone else accomplish something.
You have to be your own soldier, in writing, and in every other daily life choice.