I was in bed for two years, and I feel stuck

DEAR HARRIETTE: I will be 25 next year. I feel like I lost years 23 and 24 to the pandemic.

Harriette Cole

When I am in my mid-20s, I realize that I don’t feel like getting older. The thought of getting older scares me more than it should because it’s so inevitable.

It’s not that I want to take my own life or anything. It’s more like I’m stuck, like my life is on hold all the time.

I don’t really know what to do or how to move on. I stayed in my bed for almost two years. Every time I go outside I get nervous. How do I overcome this fear?

Fear of aging

LOVE AFRAID OF AGING: You can experience devastating side effects from being locked in for that long.

Getting older is part of life. While it can seem daunting, especially after such a long period of isolation, you can also try to change your perspective.

Turning 25 can be a wonderful experience to start with. It’s a turning point – you feel more like an adult and you probably have more responsibilities than you have in the past. You should also have some understanding of what you like about your life and what you might want to change. You can choose to look at the opportunities that lie ahead, rather than the dangers that await you.

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