Sea Fears And all my anxieties Suddenly appear. A sea of friendly faces And I am drowning in fear. _________________________________ Social anxiety. I have had it for many years. Sometimes I can cope. Others times I can't. Sometimes a crowd of friendly people, welcoming faces, can be as unsettling as being faced with disdain or rejection. All your thoughts are negative, you want to escape, leave, run, hide. But it only takes one person to speak to you, gently, with interest and kindness, and the fears can recede like the retreating tide. _________________________________ Photo: Parangtritis Beach, Central Java, Indonesia. The sea. My place of inner calm.