Are you a worrier? Do you fret and ruminate over things you have zero control over? Well, you're not alone- I have a PhD with First Class Honours in Worry. I used to be much worse than I am now. I've worked at it over the years, but even so, I only have to look back at this time last year to see all the stuff I was fretting over that didn't eventuate. Well, some of it did, but I handled it way better than I thought.
Here are just a few in no particular order of priority...
Will I get all my books written before their deadlines? I did with time to spare.
Will any of my three dogs get bitten by a snake when we're walking in the bush? No, thank goodness but we've seen a few on our walks. Yikes!
Will my editor hand me over to someone else? Yes, and I was devastated. I couldn't write for weeks and felt so sad and lost. I have a new editor now and I am sure things will be just fine once we get a book or two done and dusted.
Will I be a good friend, wife, mother, daughter, aunt and great aunt, dog owner, citizen, writer, volunteer, etc. I think so. I hope so. I could do better but I'm doing my best, right?
Will I think of something interesting to say in all the blogs I have to do this year? I'll let my readers be the judge.
And will I set the right schedule buttons on Blogger so they are published on the right date?!! So far so good.
And will I be in a good WiFi area so I can respond to the comments? Ack. Some of you will remember my very first blog with Lovecatsdownunder had me doing a Mr Bean thing on the east coast of Tasmania. I literally had to stand on top of a sand dune on one leg to get a signal. But I did it and got through. Yay! And now I have excellent Wifi at my holiday home.
That's enough on the list. I could write a worry for every day of the year. Seriously, I could make worrying into an Olympic sport. But the thing is, many of the things I listed were outside my control. Some of them were worthy of more worry than others, but at the end of the day ( or year!) no amount of worrying changed anything. The only thing I had any control over was how I handled whatever happened.
What are you already worrying about for this year? Do you have any tips on how to handle those racing thoughts and that sense of dread that sits like a headstone in your stomach? Or are you one of those people I've always envied who just sail through life without too much time on the hamster wheel of worry?
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