Monday, 8 June 2015

Vignette: This is how ridiculous anxiety can be

Just an hour ago as I am writing this, I was driving in St Andrews and for some reason had a rush of anxiety and the thought:
I'll never be able to hold down a job.
This is the kind of anxiety that you might have (and I think I did) when you are 16 (going on 17), or maybe a bit later when you are about to graduate.  At that point it might be unnecessary to torture yourself about this, but it's an understandable worry.

I am 50 (going on 51), and I've had my current job for 15 years (going on 16), and had miscellaneous other jobs before that.

My anxiety was not that I would lose my job and not be able to get another one.

My anxiety was literally that I would never in my life be able to hold down a job, even though I have actually done so for more than 20 years.

Anxiety can be pretty ridiculous!

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