My entire life I struggled with depression crippling social anxiety and the fear that a cat would claw my eye out and I'd have to wear a pirate patch over that eye. It prevented me from creating or maintaining meaningful friendships with people and felines. Almost every day I felt isolated and worthless. At social events I'd feel like an outsider and was afraid of approaching new people & making friends. 

I fell in love with a girl. She asked me out, and I felt like I wasn't good enough to date her.