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The Teenage Struggles of Social Anxiety

A Prose Poem About the Perils of Social Anxiety

Social anxiety has it’s own factors and that include envy and sadness. Social anxiety is way common than people think and I wrote this poem to connect with it and help people like me who struggle with it.

it’s the feeling when you’re above water

but you feel suffocated, stuck between two different borders

Friends say “go out, talk to people”

I know I should, I know I want to, I know it’s not normal to be what I am now.

The extreme introvert in me confesses loudly around oceans of bodies.

My mind holds all my inner thoughts & desires trapped in a cage.

My demons contains my soul near a blinding twilight

Fear is my terminating illness, it’ll continue to feed on my insides & drink up all my thoughts.

The smiles on people’s faces & their silent talk fill me up with envy & disbelief.

I aspire to be my genuine identity that I was supposed to be, what God made me to be.

Is that too much to ask for?

What do you think?

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Written by Ilhan Adan

Ilhan Adan is a proud 15 yr old activist for all equality. She has a passion for writing & desires to get her voice out to the world. She is a Somali-American & is proud to be raised by immigrants. She is way into psychological thrillers and mystery shows.She is also an intersectional feminist. Ilhan is also a major poetry fanatic and aspiring poet.

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