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Listen to David recite “Party Anxiety”: 

In a 
room
full of
engagement
and
excitement
I decided
to stand 
in the
corner
because
it seemed
most
comfortable 
at
the
time.

I
begin
to
look
around in a
worrisome
manner
searching for
a familiar
face,
one
that
calms
me
down
but
it
seems
somewhat
impossible
even
though
I
didn’t 
come
here
alone.

I decide
to close
my
eyes
to
slow
down
the
heaviness
of
Social 
Stimulation.

In 
this
absence
I
am
reminded
of 
my
identity
as
I
think
about
My Father
in Heaven
who
extends
loving
arms as an
invitation into a
place of
peace
instead of
fear.

This
reassures
and
comforts 
me. 

I
now
feel
present.

This article was written as part of the Writing Mentorship with our P2C-Students Editorial team.

Did you enjoy this article? We encourage you to check out more articles in our #mentalhealth series.

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About the Author

David Mepaiyeda

David is in his 4th year studying Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. He loves vulnerable conversations, writing poetry and is pursuing being an elementary school teacher in the future.

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