When I was younger, I remember really vividly at school losing my voice due to anxiety multiple times. The first time was during a spelling test where I had to spell ‘father’. I knew exactly how to spell it, but nothing would come out. I was completely mute. The teacher tried coaxing me by saying ‘fat-her’ but still nothing. I just remember crying uncontrollably and not being able to communicate to her what was going on. This hasn’t happened for many years now and I’m convinced it was due to severe anxiety and possibly selective mutism, so tongue tied reminds me of how far I have come and that if it ever happens again, I can beat it again and it will not define me.