Updated: Jan 13
Where to start? Seba is so many incredible things. Words truly can't do him justice. For you to truly understand the impact he's made on me, I'm going to have to start from the beginning. I admired Seba from the moment I met him. He's incredibly outgoing and can become friends with absolutely anyone; it comes naturally to him. I met Seba when I got to high school, and I was at a point in my life when I was ready to make new friends, but was also going through a lot. He slowly started to learn more about me and made it his mission to make sure that I knew I wasn't alone. He eventually opened up to me about his struggle with anxiety. His vulnerability in that moment showed me how truly strong he is. Up until then, I always thought vulnerability was weakness, but Seba proved me so wrong. He inspired me to want to share my story and not let my anxiety control my life. I remember I once heard either in a quote or a song (I can't remember), "if you lose faith, you can borrow mine." Whenever I think of Seba, I think of those words. Every time in my life that I've lost faith and stopped believing that things would work out, seeing how firmly Seba believes in the good reminds me to take my own advice and see it, no matter how hard it may be. Whether or not you believe in God, I think it's important to believe in the power of seeing the good in life. To have faith in the fact that there is light, even in the darkest places. You just have to choose to find it, as Seba said. What I got from his story was that you need to believe. Believe in the good, believe that things get better, believe in your friends and family, but most importantly surround yourself with people who believe in and support you. People who will listen without judgment and always love you for who you are. For me, one of those people is Seba; and I'm so blessed to have him. No matter what's making you anxious, if you find the things you believe in and accept others' belief in you and your capabilities, your worries will fade. Find the things that ground you and bring joy to your heart. The more you think about those things, the less you'll think about the negative. It's definitely easier said than done, but Seba is living proof that things turn out okay. He said it best: you may fall, and that's okay, but you have to get back up. You have to keep fighting because there are so many people who love you and need you. There are so many days you haven't lived and so much beauty you haven't seen. The world needs you. If not, you wouldn't be here. Don't let your anxiety make you stay on the ground. Get back up and remember to see the good.