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 sm_victories_sa - (cjel)
06:53pm 07/03/2011
cjel posting in small victories in fighting social anxiety
I wanted to find out the hours of a walk-in clinic to see if I could go after work, so on my lunch break I took my cell phone with me to the mall in search of a phone book. Fruitless minutes passed as I saw a couple of pay phones but no books, then I spotted the customer service desk that was currently not busy and staffed by two younger girls. I walked up and asked if they had a phone book, was told no but they offered to look up what I needed on their computer. I hesitated for a moment, then gave them the doctor's name that I knew and busied myself getting to my phone's notepad function while they looked it up. It took a couple mins but they found a number for me that I input on my keypad and then thanked them as I took off.

Unfortunately, as I was walking away I looked at my phone and saw that the stupid autocomplete function had kicked in and I was missing a number. My brain worked to recall what digit was missing and I considered going back to the desk, but opted not to as I knew they'd have closed their search already and I didn't want to deal with the hassle. So I took a chance and, having determined which digit was missing, called the number I suspected they'd told me. It turned out I had guessed wrong and a man on the other end of the line told me I had the wrong number when I asked if I had reached the clinic, so I politely said I was sorry and hung up. The next number I guessed, though, was right but I was immediately put on hold for a couple minutes. Eventually I was addressed again and I got the information I needed.

All in all, I'm very proud of myself for not taking any of the various outs I had available: I could've avoided the desk and just waited til I got home to look up the number; I could've taken no for an answer at the desk and declined their offer to check on the computer for me; I could've given up when I saw I'd lost a number typing into my phone; I could've chickened out of guessing and making a call; I could've given up after getting the number wrong; I could've hung up instead of waiting on hold. In the end, by being courageous I was efficient and didn't inconvenience myself so I got done what I needed to ASAP, and that was such an awesome thing :)
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02:22pm 20/01/2013 (UTC)
hi i just wanted to say well done for pushing yourself to do what you had to do its a great feeling isnt it. people that dont get s.a would read that and brush it off as being lazy when u said other times you would give up some dont understand how debilitating s.a is. congrats on your victory i to have been facing my fears and making myself do what i usually avoid it feels great!
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