When I open my refrigerator door to fetch cheese sticks wrapped in prosciutto, I hear a quiet hum that vibrates my ear lobes and shimmies the back of my skull sending tingles down my spine.
(Or maybe that’s just my refrigerator because I’m a broke college student who’s lost his job for the second time in the last eight months but rather write about his old, grumpy refrigerator than find a job to afford a new, soundless refrigerator because life’s short. But, I digress.)
I’m still hungry, so I scavenger the shelves debating whether I should eat my roommate’s food or not. As the devil on my left shoulder argues the angel on my right, the fridge continues to hum, but the sound goes unnoticed.
Similar to the refrigerator’s clamor, we become accustomed to our anxiety.
It’s understandable, though. What person wants to see their worries, their insecurities, or address the tension in their hearts?
But as we’ve seen with COVID, the worst illnesses are invisible.
Drug and alcohol abuse. Unhealthy relationships. Social timidness. High blood pressure. Insomnia. Low self-esteem. Are all symptoms of unresolved anxiety.
But good news: Your anxiety isn’t armed with sub-machine guns wanting to rip holes through your stomach until you split in half.
Or for you less dark and twisted individuals, there’s no need to fear your anxiety. It’s just a feeling all humans experience.
If those two bliss bombs weren’t encouraging enough, how about I hand the pen over to famous Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung.
*Carl Jung now writing*
“What resists, persists.”
(A man of few words I suppose.)
Lastly, it’s unlikely to reach heaven on earth (without MDMA, 4k Netflix, and Skippy peanut butter) until you greet your demons for resistance sees one and the same.
Now please excuse me. My roommate’s leftover Jersey Mike’s sandwich is yelling my name.
This post was previously published on medium.com.
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