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Daily Dose Motivation - Attending Boomtown Fair


If you ever needed an indicator that recovery is possible, this photo is it. In 2012 I first attended a festival and took MDMA, which would later become the catalyst to my anxiety and leave me very mentally unwell suffering from severe anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and drug paranoia. So bad that I couldn’t actually leave my bedroom, let alone the house. I was terrified of music and only managed to adopt my ears to listen to classical which would calm me down. The thought of ever going to a festival again was something quite unimaginable. Now, 6 years later and 2 years after fully recovering from my mental illness, I managed to finally go back to one! Last weekend I went to Boomtown Fair in Winchester, a large, surreal and unbelievably exciting festival! I wasn’t even nervous about the festival itself, but my anxiety did play a few little tricks on me, trying to convince me that “what if you DO DO that MDMA? Who knows, you might even like it, go on George” (like the little devil on your shoulder) but these were just my demon thoughts and luckily, I left them behind at security and had an amazing time! If you’re struggling to believe that you will get better and face your demons, believe me, you will. Going to a festival was something I never thought I’d get the chance to experience again, but I did and I absolutely loved it. I hope this post inspires and encourages you that you will, in time, get better. ❤️

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If you ever needed an indicator that recovery is possible, this photo is it. In 2012 I first attended a festival and took MDMA, which would later become the catalyst to my anxiety and leave me very mentally unwell suffering from severe anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and drug paranoia. So bad that I couldn’t actually leave my bedroom, let alone the house. I was terrified of music and only managed to adopt my ears to listen to classical which would calm me down. The thought of ever going to a festival again was something quite unimaginable. Now, 6 years later and 2 years after fully recovering from my mental illness, I managed to finally go back to one! Last weekend I went to BoomTown Fair in Winchester, a large, surreal and unbelievably exciting festival! I wasn’t even nervous about the festival itself, but my anxiety did play a few little tricks on me, trying to convince me that “what if you DO DO that MDMA? Who knows, you might even like it, go on George” (like the little devil on your shoulder) but these were just my demon thoughts and luckily, I left them behind at security and had an amazing time! If you’re struggling to believe that you will get better and face your demons, believe me, you will. Going to a festival was something I never thought I’d get the chance to experience again, but I did and I absolutely loved it. I hope this post inspires and encourages you that you will, in time, get better. ❤️

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