Our brains would genuinely be happier if we could attach a fake steering wheel to “life” and pretend we were controlling everything that happens to us.
[May be relevant if you feel as if the same problems keep resurfacing in your life without ever being properly dealt with.]
Imagine that you’re untying a giant tangle made up of many, many pieces of coloured string.
(I have no idea why you might be doing this. Presumably you’re very bored.)
The Big Lebowski is one of my favourite movies.
I could go on – at length – about why. Although I’m not going to, so this GIF will have to suffice:
One quote from the film that’s always stuck with me is “compulsively and without joy“.
I’m not sure why, perhaps there’s just something about the wording. For whatever reason, the phrase wiggled its way into my brain and has lived there ever since.
And I’m pretty pleased about that, because it turns out this particular quote is useful.
Now that I’m (mostly) successfully managing my anxiety, everything should be great forever… right?!
Obviously life isn’t magically perfect. (Though of course “less anxiety” is a huge improvement!)
This is fine. I never expected perfection.
But something else I didn’t expect was that managing anxiety better could itself cause problems.
You may remember that aaaaages ago I gave a TEDx talk about anxiety and custard.
Since then I’ve been asked “when is your TED video up?” approximately… a lot of times.
Finally, I can answer that question. (Although you’ve probably guessed.)
It’s up now.
It contains me. Silly doodles. Stupid jokes. Honesty. Ideas about being less anxious. A malfunctioning slide clicker. And custard.
Watch it! (If you want.)
Hope you like it!
There are words in it!Anonymous
I have finally arranged to do something properly about my anxiety issues. Your Ted Talk was very much the start of the process… thank you.Louise
I like the stage layout, that background is really lovely.Someone, probably