Being Hypervigilant

Is it wrong to be so hyper-aware of your surroundings?

Is it crazy to constantly look over your shoulder?

Is it wrong to question certain things you see?

Is it wrong to overanalyze?

Is it wrong to think that just because you survived death once that it may come knocking at your door again?

Is it wrong to think that people only have negative motivations, especially strangers?

Is it wrong to assume the worst will happen yet again?

The answer is no!

You're not crazy to think that hell can come to knock you down yet again.

We live in a world that is full of monsters.

When life is flashed right before your eyes once, why wouldn’t it happen again?

The real world is scary, and it's hard not to let fear consume us.

Especially being a young female is hard enough.

I now carry a whistle with me at all times.

I look over my shoulder, constantly waiting for the next shoe to drop.  

When a vehicle is circling around you, or a bike follows you, how can you not assume the worst?

I had both of these things happen to me.

You feel your heart race.

You go to that fighter fight mode.

You can’t help being paranoid.

When you’ve seen the worst of the worst, your mind goes to, is this it?

Will this happen to me again?

It’s hard to ignore these feelings.

That's why a reaction is key.

It’s vital that you have a safety plan in check.

When I was followed, I immediately ran into a store.

I went to work and called the police.

If you feel so uncomfortable that you react right away, don't wait for something to happen.

If this person is making you feel that uncomfortable chances are they have already done this to someone else and will do it again and possibly escalate.

Take action and react.

This is your life, and if you feel for a second your life is in jeopardy, call 911 immediately if you don’t have a phone run into a local business.

It’s crazy to be aware of your surroundings.

It makes you human.

No one under any circumstances, male or female, should feel uncomfortable or feel as though their life could possibly be in jeopardy.

I am not saying this to scare you or to build up your fear.

This world can be cruel, and life can change in a blink of an eye.

Don’t always be looking at your phone.

Pay attention to your surroundings.

Know where you are and what is happening around you.

It’s better to be cautious than not.

I really hope that my experiences can be a teaching tool and raise awareness about being vigilant.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry.