“All Television Is Educational, The Question Is What Is It Teaching?”
During my 6 year struggle with debilitating generalized anxiety I ran into a quote that inspired me to see the world in a new light. Although long, I feel the need to share it with you and it goes like this:
“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows, it’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently… IF YOU LET IT.”
I believe it was Sylvestor Stallone (comment below if I got it right), that said this. The part that stuck with me wasn’t the part that the world being a nasty place etc (because I was living it daily at the time due to my health anxiety, panic attacks, you name it), it was the last 4 words:
“If You Let It”
I thought to myself, do you mean I have a choice in the matter? I didn’t have to live in a world of reaction to every symptom of anxiety, every criticism my boss sent my way and every moment someone cut me off on the road? That last line gave me some space. Some space between my anxiety and who I was as a person.
I recognized that my internal chatter was enough to keep my mind occupied on how scary the world was. With every identity statement such as “I am anxiety,” the fears grew stronger and the more it consumed me like a blanket wherever I went. I shared my struggles with everyone I met, not realizing one important thing along the journey which was that:
“No One Really Cared That I Had Anxiety!”
So I labelled those people too. “Good for nothing people who just care about themselves”, and on the cycle went. Today’s rant on the anxiety guy podcast comes from a place of love, even though it may not seem like that, so buckle your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
The top 3 things we’ll be diving into in this week’s the anxiety guy podcast episode are:
- The #1 reason for why negativity is so much stronger than positivity right now
- How searching for the meaning of life everyday, just causes you more anxiety
- Why we’ve become a society of zombies chasing the next temporary pleasure
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