I really wish others knew this about me…

I’m not boring and I am approachable

People in the past and some probably now, not that I don’t care what others think now like I once did, but some thought I was going to be boring. These were proved wrong and they held their hands up to their wrong assumptions. The conclusion to why they thought I would be boring, was because of me being quiet and also how I was dressed, as this particular occasion was my hen night, all those years ago. (The first relationship, that I was abused in.)
I would like you to know that I am not boring because I am quiet to start with and you will find me approachable, should you choose to speak to me. We may even find common ground.

I do have a sense of humour

Just because you may find me quiet at first, as I have mentioned​ above, when it comes to talking to me, you will also discover I do have a sense of humour.

I people watch

I people watch sometimes. Imagining what they may be like. Observing their relationships with their family, or friends.
I especially like seeing elderly couples holding hands, while walking in the street. It’s so lovely to see and I wonder just how many years they may have been together.

Just because I have an invisible disability, doesn’t mean it don’t exist.

I am deaf and, I have depression and anxiety.

Unless my hair is tied up, you won’t see my hearing aids, until I mention I have a hearing loss.
People say, ‘ I speak ok,’ but like my hidden disability, it doesn’t mean I am not deaf. I am deaf, but to hear you better, I have to see your face to lipread, while hearing what I can with my hearing aids.
I would also like to add that my hearing aids assist me, but they don’t magically give back my hearing I once had. I also watch your face expression and your body language.
I will need you to be patient with me, as I may need you to repeat if I miss something and I will be very appreciative of this.
I will be able to tell if you don’t have the patience to chat with me, don’t want to be there in general. I may also pick up on if you are not feeling yourself, which if I do, I am known to ask if you are ok

Depression is another invisible disability. On the surface, I may seem fine to you, but underneath, I could be the total opposite.
My depression is not bad like it used to be. Being in a new job has helped greatly, as well as counselling for other matters already blogged about here.

I have anxiety and depending how it is, you may see it, or you may not. Again, like my depression, it’s not bad as it was, but it does like to creep up more, than my depression.

I can sketch

From the age of 9 to early 20’s, I was regular sitting at a table sketching. After that, I stopped, until the artist side of me crept out again with ‘Sharpie Sunday’s‘ and other prompts. Although it’s not got me back to my sketching route I once did. I would like to though.
I am not saying I am good to sell as an artist, but if I had kept it up as I once did, then they may have been.

One time, I couldn’t look in a full-length mirror

I hated looking at myself in a full-length mirror one time. This started after I left the first relationship. Although I don’t own a full-length mirror still, I know I wouldn’t have a problem looking in one.

I give 100% in the workplace

I give 100% in the workplace, but sometimes I will give a 110%, because I love my workplace so much.

What do you wish others knew about you?

 

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11 thoughts on “I really wish others knew this about me…

  1. I also suffer from Anxiety/Depression. I don’t say no to invitations because I don’t like you, it’s just hard for me to be around a lot of people. After 3 years and multiple surgeries I still have little vision in my left eye and no peripheral vision so I walk slowly and carefully. Good to know I am not the only one with challenges. But we overcome them.

  2. Woohooo, you said this so well, Liz! It’s very true that people rush to judgement and assumptions and end up knowing very little about us, or getting it all wrong. xx

  3. Nicely done! I have found that I am a highly sensitive person (HSP). Check out the movie/documentary with Alanis Morrissette called, Sensitive. I wonder if your depression/anxiety could be because you are HSP, or you are an empath, of intuitive? It has taken me until 50 years of age to figure these things out for myself, thanks to counseling, group therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, and so forth. I like people, but too many at once drain me. And I experience overwhelm when too much information is pushed at me. I am calm and easy going, and hate confrontation.

    1. My childhood background in parts has not helped, with other things experienced as an adult. But yes, I agree with that I am a highly sensitive person.
      Although I can mix with more people than I used to, I too find it draining. But I lipread because of my deafness and so this is draining too.

      1. I am so sorry that lip reading drains you of energy. Thank you for sharing that though, because my dad is losing his hearing, and now, I will remember not to be impatient in the slightest bit with him. ❤️

    2. I have been looking at the link you shared and looking at different things from there to bookmark for later. Very useful thank you. I am going to try and find if I can get that film on DVD.

      The book, The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, by Elaine Aron, I think I may have this book already to read. If not, then it’s a book I have looked at in the past on planning to buy. If I don’t have it, I shall certainly get it.

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