The darkness engulfs me like an old friend. I am safe here. Protected from the bright, cruel world. I can breathe. I can think. I am free.

But even in the safety of the darkness, my mind is filled with anxiety. Thoughts and fears that haunt me day and night. They are my constant companions, never giving me a moment’s respite.

I am afraid of the future. Of what it holds for me. I am scared of failing, of not being good enough. And most of all, I’m terrified of being alone forever; of never finding someone to love and who will love me in return.”