On this final Wacky Wednesday of August, the words are wackier than usual. The first word you may not have heard before, but you might be familiar with what is describes. Kakorrhaphiophobia is a noun which refers to an abnormal, persistent, irrational fear of failure. Everyone has experienced a fear of failure, but people with this phobia can find their fear debilitating to the point of them doing nothing. Our next word is another noun. Lamprophony means loudness and clarity of enunciation. One might say something like a stage actor was praised for their lamprophony during the performance.
The holidays today have a bit of everything. For our token food holiday, today is National Cherry Popsicle Day. Who doesn’t like popsicles? It is also National Dog Day. If you were considering finding a new four-legged roommate, today is the day! Next we have two women focused celebrations today. First is National Webmistress Day celebrating women in the web development field. Second is National Women’s Equality Day which commemorates the adoption of the 19thAmendment to the United States Constitution in 1920. After a century, women are still fighting for equal rights in many areas. Show your support for Women’s Equality and be sure to appreciate any women web developers you know today.
July is Freedom from Fear of Speaking Month. It advocates for people to overcome their fear of public speaking. Having taken acting and speech classes, I’ve had a lot of training on this subject. I know many people have not and many people have a phobia of public speaking. More people fear public speaking than people who fear being killed. Some tips that have helped me and many others with public speaking include; practicing or rehearsing the speech beforehand, be organized, and know and understand the topic you’re speaking about.
I believe there is something else to this concept. If you fear speaking in public, this is a fear that can be overcome and will benefit you for the rest of your life. However, I think it’s time we all took a stand to speak up about the problems in our world. It’s not just fear of public speaking but the fear of speaking up and speaking out. Many terrible people of gotten away with terrible acts because no one spoke out against them. Sometimes the situation is difficult or dangerous. It’s important that we all overcome our fear of speaking about the difficult subjects.
As I have grown to understand the full scope of my anxiety, I am more open about discussing anxiety. I tell people I have anxiety. Some believe they can relate and are sympathetic. Some do have anxiety but never speak of their own struggles. I sometimes wonder if they think I am brave for vocalizing mine. Then there are others who do not understand anything. They associate anxiety with being nervous before a test or feeling stressed at work. They do not feel anxious every second of every day. They are why I share articles about anxiety.
Someone offered me a neck and shoulder rub. They said, “You’re so tense. Loosen up. Relax.” I replied, “I always feel like this. This IS me relaxed.” At the time, I did not know all the physical symptoms of anxiety. I have experienced muscle tension as long as I can remember. I did not realize I lived with this condition for almost 20 years. Everyone says I look tense, on edge, or hyper alert. It makes them uncomfortable, but they have no idea how uncomfortable I am. Their discomfort goes away; mine is constant. They are why I share articles about anxiety.
I want to understand myself, so I can heal and grow. I want other people to better understand where I am coming from and possibly appreciate me a little more. I want potential romantic partners to understand why I worry or lack confidence in myself. I want everyone to be patient with me and understanding. I want to be loved in a way I have never known. I want to feel comfortable and at ease with someone; with everyone. I want to feel like I am not a burden to everyone around me. That is why I share articles about anxiety. That is why I write articles about anxiety.