"Social Media and Social Anxiety": Before I converted to #instagram, I have a Facebook page that I grew from 0 followers to 13K organically. I was very active and would post original #masonic artwork quite regularly. My FB followers loved it. Many of my original content went viral within the #freemasons community. ---
It was a lively page with original #masonic content until #depression hit me hard. We were still coping with the untimely death of my dad and my father-in-law when my mom-in-law also passed away after losing her battle to cancer. Her death and the birth of our twins happened just one day apart. ---
Our world turned upside down. To support my family, I stopped going to lodge and stepped out of the officer progression line (I was the Sr. Warden at the time and was being groomed to be the next Master). My facebook postings slowed down tremendously. I considered closing down the page several times.
And then I found #muaythai and it quickly became my therapy. It boosted not just my physical but also the mental aspect of me. Because of the positive changes that I have experienced, I began sharing my story and before/after photos. The reception 99% of the time were encouraging. I would have kept on posting there until a fellow #nakmuay (not a teen either but a grown man, sadly) decided that it is fair game to try to humiliate me online on my own page before my friends, relarives, and fans.
The experience left a sour note. I almost abandoned the page completely. I made attempts to go back but somehow I find it difficult to stick around. This week, for the benefit of our legit followers over there, I will give it a shot again. As my late dad would say "Try and try until you die." This is day #33forptsd.
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