“Once you’ve been bitten by a snake, the paranoia make you pop a lizard in the face” – Jidenna (A Bull’s Tale)
I just went out for a walk this evening and when that soft cool breeze hit me, I realised that almost everything (at least 90%) of what causes worry and anxiety is man-made. In fact, it’s self-made.
The human mind tricks us into creating scenarios and battle scenes that will probably never happen. A case of being at war with ourselves and our senses.
And even though much of the paranoia that fuels anxiety and worry is based on trauma off of experience (ours and others), we forget one simple thing:
No two human beings have the same story.
Even if they end up having similar experiences while living their respective lives, they can never have the same outcomes at the end.
Understandably, you’re afraid because you’ve been here or you know someone else who’s been here before, but most of that changes nothing.
When we live life like this, we end up involuntarily pitting our future against our present based on information from the past. Incomplete information even.
History might repeat itself but nothing stays the same.
So, instead of being paralysed by anxiety and worry, I rather take the high road: Do everything I can and should and then leave everything to God.
I think you should too.