Nearly There


In just two weeks you’ll be reading the first ever issue of the Finding Our Voices magazine! I really hope you enjoy it and find something in there that helps or inspires you or makes you laugh. There’s more that I would have liked to do that hopefully we can put in the second issue (a children’s page would be good) but I’m hoping that you have ideas too of what you’d like to see in the next issue.

It’s been an interesting journey for me. Before I joined the SM Space Cafe Facebook group I’d never really talked openly about selective mutism. I still don’t to many people but I’m starting to open up a bit and share my thoughts and feelings more than I normally would. I’m always going to be “shy” to some extent but I’m finally happy with how I am. I may not be a great conversationalist but we’ve all got things we’re not so good at and everyone gets anxious about something; we’re not so different to each other than we think. And even for those things that we’re not so good at: there are different ways around them and we can improve.

Personally, I’m not great at parties or any situation where there’s a crowd of people but this weekend I went to a wedding and for the first time, probably since primary school, I danced. In public. In front of actual people. Normally at parties I’d be sitting in a corner feeling sorry for myself because I’d be wishing I had the confidence to be out there dancing. But this wedding had country dancing which I used to do at school. There was a band playing music and a lady with a microphone telling everyone what steps to do; everyone looked just as silly as everyone else. (Perhaps I looked a little more sillier than others when I managed to trip over my own feet but we won’t talk about that…) It was fun. I even managed to talk a little bit.


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