“Life will happen, whether you worry about it or not.”
I’ve heard this sort of saying from many people throughout my life, usually pertaining to stressful things like money, work, or dealing with people.
Of course, I understand the sentiment of this saying — but it’s incredibly hard to put into practice. I’m convinced that it’s essentially impossible to will oneself into not worrying, and instead be gleefully peaceful amidst chaos.
The notion of ignoring worry is just silly. A far better approach is to cultivate a sense of simply being okay, no matter the scenario.
Something unexpected happens? Gonna be okay.
Money is tight right now? Gonna be okay.
Running super late? Gonna be okay.
Rather than pushing the discomfort away, choosing to accept it — swimming around in all that energy and emotion and movement, letting it keep you afloat instead of fearing it will drown you.
In a world of hyper-productivity, this feels like such a dull tactic to handle life’s stress. And perhaps it could be finessed more! But at least for now, it’s the this thinking that helps me get through things that don’t go my way.