It took a really long time for me to separate my anxiety from my identity. I was always introducing it to a conversation like it was a middle name or something- you know, something not everybody needs to know about. I'm not ashamed of my mental illness at all, I'm just tired of having people look at me and see my anxiety. A part of it is my own doing, but I want to change that. I want people to start seeing me for my leadership, my music, my personality, my quirks. I want to be more than my anxiety.