I made oats the old fashioned way, on the stove. Bring to a boil, simmer on low, gobble them up like a mad woman, and then get your arse to the gym.
At least that’s my routine.
1.87 kilometers into my drive to the gym, I wonder the same thing nearly every morning.
Uh, did I turn off the burner?
Fretting, worrying, and wondering if home insurance papers will survive the fire happens next.
Anxiety became my default reaction around the age of 13.
This is most likely the case because I was 5’8″, wore glasses, played the cello, and preferred the library over the lunch room. Standing bewildered in the middle of a junior high cafeteria while holding a lunch tray after being told nerds aren’t allowed to sit with the cool kids leaves marks you cannot see.
Every single day I would start to feel queasy during Algebra, but History made me want to barf. History was fourth period and after fourth period came lunch.
Every weekday morning from September to June, I anxiously awaited lunch period. Instead of learning about America’s history or figuring out how long it took Sue to get to Point A traveling on a train at 95 mph while Adam travel on a different train at a speed of 110 mph, I made contingency plans to overcome being snubbed, teased, and taunted.
I honed the skill of anxiety.
Why do we practice failing?
I do it all the time.
Worrying about what may happen, rather than moving forward into what I want is something we do all the time.
- What’s the worst that could happen?
Seth Godin’s book Lynchpin, which is all about how to be you and be amazing at being you, has a whole section on anxiety.
Sit with it.
Yup. Feel it, acknowledge it, and make peace with it. This approach seems counterproductive, but eventually the itch stops being itchy if you don’t scratch it.
- Don’t reward worry.
Let the anxiety run its course until it gets bored of annoying you, eventually it will fizzle out.
The difference between a successful artist and a failed one happens when the the idea is hatched. The difference is the race to completion. Did you finish?
~ Seth Godin
You have dreams, ambitions, and desires.
I have no doubt you also have worries, anxieties, a ‘what ifs’.
Its your choice, keep getting in your way or get out of your way.