Yesterday, I presented a list of my fears from A through M. Many different types of fears made the list -- from the more serious (like anxiety itself) to the more whimsical (like joke-telling). Now, here are the rest of my alphabetical anxieties.
After listening to Roz Chast's NPR interview about her new book of alphabetical fears, What I Hate From A to Z, I felt inspired to pen my own list. It started as an innocuous activity to help me get to sleep, strangely enough, but turned into a very reflective list of fears.
So, guess what I did at 4:21 a.m.? I turned on the lights, picked up a pen, and started an alphabetical list of Things That Make Me Anxious.
We might seem fortunate, us young folks, because we're swimming in expensive and glamorous digital gadgetry. But we're missing something big. Something my parents' generation enjoyed as a whole.
For the past two or three days, I've had a fever, the aches, and a wicked sore throat. As a result, my brain is a worthless pile of mush. For just about everyone, having a cold or the flu is a bummer. But for people with anxiety disorders, it can be extremely unpleasant.
Awareness is cheap. It's a simple way to feel like you're advancing a cause...even when you aren't. Today is World Mental Health Day and I sincerely hope you join me in doing something positive today for someone else's mental health or well-being.
I've always tried to keep a wall of separation erected between nature and technology. On my most recent camping trip, I left my iPod at home and my cell phone in the car. I made my fiance leave his new iPad at home.
But on a serious note, I think the concept of Penelope's "panic-anic attack" brings up a great point: panic breeds panic.