For most of my life, I’ve struggled with anxiety, particularly about new experiences (new schools, moving to a new state, etc.) But I didn’t realize how bad my anxiety could get until the countdown to college began.
Around the same time, I started using tumblr more regularly and have made some incredibly close friends, closer than people I know in real life (and some of these friends I’ve ended up meeting in real life). When I moved to LA for school, I spent a lot of time on tumblr, because it was like a second home. I could interact with friends and, thanks to the app, I could take those friends with me wherever, so that if I was ever freaking out about being far from home, I had tumblr in my pocket to keep me sane and grounded. And being part of a close-knit community of like-minded people has made me feel less alone in the world, and therefore less anxious.