I'm worried that I'm a worrier. Like many people, when something isn't right in my life, I worry about it. And believe me, there have been some biggies. However, right now, things are going pretty well. It has been a calm summer, and overall, there is relatively little to worry about. So one would think that I wouldn't be worried. But I wake up in the night and worry. I worry about inconsequential things like student desk arrangements or whether the fountain in our side yard needs water. Then the "what ifs" begin, which lead me to thinking about vague worst case scenarios. Then my mind starts to spin around on itself, and I realize I shouldn't worry because things are going well enough. But then I worry about worrying. I worry that I worry too much. I worry that I'm not worrying. Or I worry that there isn't anything to worry about because maybe something bad is going to happen soon and then I'll really have something to worry about!
What is this strange human emotion, worry? Is it just like our other emotions, happiness, sadness, fear, excitement, boredom--our feelings just are and there really aren't a whole lot of things we can do to keep from feeling them, and we should just let them be?
I don't worry about the things I can control. But the things that are out of my control? I worry about those things.
What do you worry about?