There is a calmness in my life now that even today I am adjusting to. There is that small part of me that still expects "something to go wrong" but I am learning to push that aside and look at things for what they really are, not what I imagine them to be. I was having a conversation the other day about how horrible our minds could actually be and how hard it is sometimes to take a thought and purposefully change it. For example:
Seriously, what is with that??? I had to laugh because I have had a lot of these cross my mind, particularly the "Insists you forgot something" one. I have had days when I really wanted to turn the car around because my mind is insisting that I left my hair straightener on at 450F and I will return home to the ashes of what was once my apartment.
The mind truly is a powerful
My child has not been abducted when she doesn't answer the phone, she is having too good a time with her friends and doesn't hear it ringing. The semi -driver I am beside on the highway isn't going to quickly turn his wheel and run me off the road; but if you saw me drive next to a semi - you would think just that, or at least I am thinking just that. Sometimes a noise is just a noise, not some burglar breaking into my apartment to steal all my belongings - or worse.
My mind has been infamous for going the wrong way. The doom and gloom way, the negative way, the way that can quickly escalate into a shitload of anxiety if I don't rein it in. I don't know what it was in my life that caused my mind to react like that and it has been horribly difficult to try to train it to react in the exact opposite way. BUT...I am doing it and having success. It's the pause before the reaction. The question of "is that real or is that me trying to mess myself up?"
Don't get me wrong - I can't get it every time, sometimes my mind decides that no matter what, I just need to feel a little bit of anxiety, just a little reminder that the brain is still there and sometimes it's still a little bit of a jerk.