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Disability Awareness Spotlight

Updated: Apr 11

๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ. ๐“๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ก, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐Œ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฐ ๐Œ๐š๐ฅ๐๐จ๐ง๐š๐๐จ, ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ


๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ.


My name is Matthew (some call me Matt). I am a business owner and digital artist. I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, portrait photography, game nights, writing, and riding my motorcycle.


๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ.


Over the years, Iโ€™ve dealt with mostly anxiety. By nature, I consider myself very detail-oriented, so I have tendencies to be more particular about certain things in my life. I found over the years that this has caused me to overthink in a lot of situations, large or small. Iโ€™ve discovered taking time to myself has been the core root to dealing with my anxiety; In a sense, shutting myself off from the world for a short time. From there, Iโ€™ve been making efforts to challenge myself in situations I donโ€™t necessarily feel comfortable in. Examples of this would be learning to ride motorcycles or putting my writing out publicly.


๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ?


Iโ€™m no expert in dealing with anxiety. If I were to offer any words, it would be to first openly address with yourself that you have it. Iโ€™d say donโ€™t deny yourself of healing simply because of pride or fear. Iโ€™ve really become comfortable with being vulnerable outside my own bounds because I do it on my terms now. I encourage anyone with anxiety to also use it to their advantage if they can. Iโ€™ve found that I can do this by simply making checklists for myself. I learned that itโ€™s in the small victories like cleaning or finishing grocery shopping that you can affirm the good work with yourself. Being busy helps, but I also havenโ€™t let it consume me. In that time, I take to myself and write or put myself in an atmosphere that I feel safe. The other thing is to talk to yourself. It may sound strange, but affirmation with myself has been very critical. It basically validates my emotions and feelings are real and itโ€™s okay to have them. In short, itโ€™s okay to not be okay sometimes. Youโ€™re on your own timeline and if you make that the core focus for yourself, I can say that in my own experience that you will start prioritizing yourself in the best of ways. Hopefully, you find this helpful.


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