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Tell Us: What’s Your Worst Worry?

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dark-17946_640Your day brings a grind of duties, a new set of problems, a whole lot of worries.

I think the worries ruin the day faster than the grind and the problems. The worries weigh on us and sometimes seem to steal our voice. We can worry about saying our worry out loud so the worry stays inside, festering.

Keeping silent about the worries–especially the worst ones–seems to feed the worries, making them bigger and more awful.

So, let’s talk out the worries today, including the worst ones.

What’s the worst worry for you? Which worry can paralyze you, causing panic and stress? Which worry stays with you throughout the day and into your night?

In our comments section below, please share your worst worry.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. i worry about the reality i refuse to deal with;all my husband’s ailments are chronic and degnerative. after over a decade of acculmalating them and each time adapying as needed. the recent multiple trips to the hospital have brought this to the forefront. i live in terror of the time he doesn’t come home. the unbearble void, and emptiness that will leave me without my heart, my best friend, my life.

  2. My main worry is summarized in what a friend told me years ago: “If you go down, you both go down.” An admittedly paranoid subset of that relates to my partner’s impaired ability to make rational decisions. Not only would I be unable to care for her if I were sufficiently impaired, but she is capable — believing that she is doing the right things — of compounding the problem.

  3. My worst worry is my own old age and caregiving needs for the future. I’m not young and I’ve started doing things to take better care of my own body and mind. Money and the state of my and my husbands affairs in general weighs heavily. I find myself thinking, what if he and I both got run over by a truck tomorrow? I don’t know which worries me more, a long and burdensome old age, or a premature demise that leaves my kids to deal with all the stuff I didn’t get around to taking care of? Right now, I should have more time and energy to devote to myself, since my kids are at least out of the house, if not yet totally on their own. Yet I don’t have this time and energy, because of my mom. She is my excuse now for not doing more to prepare for my own future.

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