Will people like me even though I’m ____?

I grew up feeling intensely uncomfortable around people. Whenever I met someone, I would get a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach. I wondered, “will this person like me even though I’m ____?” And my “blanks” were a never-ending list.

Will this person like me even though I’m skinny?
Will this person like me even though my hands bend and curl in this way?
Will this person like me even though I use a wheelchair?

As a result, people were incredibly uncomfortable around me. My dating coach told me he felt sad in my presence when he first met me.

But all that changed with one simple realization.

Does this feeling come up for you? If it does, check out my 6 minute speech for what I did with my “blanks”.


PS: yes, I am wearing skintight women’s Lululemon clothing. And no, this wasn’t a joke — my Toastmasters club meets right before my physical therapy appointment :)

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