Editors Notebook

Letting go

| June 2005


By nature, I'm a worrywart. I worry about almost everything under the sun. I worry if I go to bed too late because then I won't be well-rested for the next day. I worry about what I should wear or eat and what to do for the weekend. I worry about work, whether or not I've got everything done on time, what will happen if I don't.

I've been this way since I was a child. I just never seem to be able to stop worrying.

The problem with worrying constantly is that little things start to take on more importance than they're worth. I overanalyze every situation that occurs in my life, which then has a direct effect on my mood. I just can't seem to let the small stuff go.

I've learned over the years, though, that worrying really doesn't solve anything. It only creates more anxiety. Rather than worrying about a problem, one should try to find a solution to it. For me, though, that's sometimes easier said than done.

I am working on my worrying. Some might say that I am worrying about worrying. But in reality, I'm trying to let go. I'm trying to teach myself that I can't control everything that happens to me on a daily basis, and worrying about that which has happened, or is going to happen, won't change anything.

June 23 is Let It Go Day. This is a day to let go of whatever is bothering you. The theory is that these worries are simply eating at you and providing nothing positive in return. I plan to take advantage of this day and what it represents. I want to rid myself of the daily worries that I drag around. I want to release these thoughts from my mind so that I'll be better able to enjoy life. I want to experience life to its fullest, without worrying about what's going to happen next.

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