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Be bold… be beautiful

Want to be the hero of your own story? Practise small acts of bravery and watch life open up before you, says novelist Rowan Coleman

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Three years ago, I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. I didn’t know what to make of it. All I knew was that, in the months before, I’d experienced a deep-seated fear that had changed the way I lived my life, the people I saw and the places I went. I felt ashamed for being so weak.

I didn’t know how to respond to the news that I was, in my eyes at least, a stone-cold coward, except to try and face it. At that moment, the bravest thing I could think of to do was to openly admit to my problems.

So, I posted about it on Facebook. It was a small gesture, one that could have gone unnoticed, but clicking on that ‘post’ button took all the guts I had. I anticipated some ridicule, a little surprise and a bit of sympathy. But what I didn’t expect was for the overwhelming response to be: ‘Thank you for posting this. Everything you have described is exactly how I feel, too, and now I feel less alone.’

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