Fearing What Might Come

“People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough.” 

― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Life can be complicated. There are demands that we must pay attention to, like earning a paycheck, paying the bills, attending to the needs of loved ones; some things cannot be ignored, there is no way around them, you just do them every day.

But other than the travails of daily life, I suppose everyone, at least occassionally, consciously makes their life more difficult than it needs to be.

Some people are always “borrowing trouble”, worrying about what might happen when it may not even happen at all. And when it doesn’t, they feel so relieved that they forget how anxious they were and how it had so occupied their thinking that they couldn’t enjoy their day. And then, that “might” unrealized, they find another to fixate on, something new to worry about.

On the other hand, there are those that never give a thought about what might happen, they go through life blissfully, and then are surprised when something that could have been foreseen falls on them.

I suppose, to one degree or the other, everyone is basically one or the other.

I tend to be the latter type, enjoying what’s happening now and not worrying about tomorrow. And I admit that on occasion that has caused me some surprises.

But, on the whole, those surprises are fairly rare and, when they do occur, are usually easily dealt with, usually more of an annoyance than earth shaking.

I think I’d rather live that way, suffer the occasional surprise, than constantly worry about what may or may not come.

The demands life puts on each of us daily can be tiresome.

Worry on top of it all makes life exhausting.

Better to just save that energy spent in worrying for when something unexpected and unforseeable really does happen.

– Bill


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