Things have a way of hitting me in the gut harder than they should. And when it gets really bad, I go into a tailspin of anxiety that becomes increasingly difficult to correct. It affects my mood and my entire outlook on life if I let it. So I guess what I’m saying is that I’m no stranger to worry.
You might be thinking, “this is nothing new to me. You’ve mentioned this on several occasions.” Well, first of all, I’d like to thank you for coming back and reading more. And secondly, there’s a reason I’m bringing it up again, so hold back your ire and I’ll explain.
Today I was listening to a Nerdist podcast from 2010. The guest was Rainn Wilson and they happened to be talking about worry and anxiety. The host, Chris Hardwick, said someone had told him that worry was a misuse of your imagination. That blew me away. It’s extremely profound and I can so easily relate to it. My worry and anxiety grows from “what-ifs.” Once it really gets going, I can start a chain of events in my head that usually lead to financial ruin (I worry a lot about money). It’s all hypothetical or to put it another way, imagined. I don’t have to take it there. Since it’s all in my head, none of it has happened and generally speaking, none of it will.
I’m going to make a concerted effort to take this phrase to heart. Spending so much time worrying about things that never actually happen isn’t healthy. It’s time for me to worry less and take action to change the things that worry me. My life will be so much happier. My wife will too.