Words by Annie.
Illustration by Kimberlyn Kiew.
[Content note for anxiety and panic attacks.]
Imagine for a second
Stepping onto shore
Gazing past the horizon
List of to-dos swirling
Passing as impulses from neuron to neuron
A few seconds pass
The sand shifting under your feet
Piling up into clouds
Swirling, rising with the speed of your heartbeat
Being pulled apart
Like the pull of a cotton ball
Being split in half
Wispy disorganized disorienting
The to-dos begin to spiral into
Breath trembles and giddies
Lips flutter and stutter
A clutter at the temples – throbbing.
Like being in a hurricane and
Getting spat out
Only to be
Sucked in again.
Annie is a petite and headstrong girl, who combats her anxiety with hot cocoa, some quiet me-time and a small yet strong support circle. She finds joy in sunflower emojis, freshly baked cookies, long bus rides...and more cookies!