We can’t all be virtuosos, but I’d like to suggest that I have, in fact, reached the status of a master in at least one area.
It takes a lot of hard work to master something. Dedication. Focus. Consistency. Repetition—you can’t achieve master status without these things.
Sometimes people are born with innate talents that lend themselves to mastery in one area or another. Think of some amazing musicians, athletes, or public figures like Beethoven, Venus Williams, or Oprah. But along with those inborn abilities, comes a strong sense of drive and a helluva lot of hard work.
In my case, I was both born with and have spent many years honing my particular skill. It’s something that has taken many hours to master, although these hours of hard work have been complimented by my natural instincts and inclinations.
Friends, what I’m talking about is my incredible gifts with anxiety.
Not to brag, but I’m confident that I fall into the category of the elite when it comes to overthinking, second-guessing, and rumination. I can take any situation and infuse it with a level of anxiety so high that food loses all taste, music sounds completely bland, and just taking a breath becomes a challenge.
It’s incredible, isn’t it? I mean, I should be as famous as Oprah given my latent abilities. I seem to leave people wondering: “how does she do it?” Yup. I’m that good.
So what does it take to be an elite in the realm of anxiety?
Well, firstly you must possess a deep sense of worry and insecurity. You need to really feel like anything could go wrong at any moment and that you can in no way trust yourself.
Second, you must experience trauma that undermines this already fragile sense of security and safety. This can come in the form of physical or emotional stress and can happen at any point in your life.
These two steps will guarantee success in becoming highly anxious. But wait! There’s a third step to truly reaching first-class anxiety and it is this: you must hold onto the first two steps indefinitely. In spite of counselling, moral support, life changes, or personal development, you have to cling to the comfort of your discomfort and allow it to seep into all parts of life, both good and bad.
I know I’m painting a picture that may be hard to see yourself in; it’s only the upper crust of the anxious who can really get to this level. But with hard work and a smattering of bad luck, you may one day find yourself sitting in the upper echelon of anxious people.
Here are the signs to look for when determining your anxiety status:
- Having panic attacks
- Frequent rumination
- Physical ticks like lip-biting, skin-picking, tremors, or leg-tapping
- Exhaustion complimented by bursts of intense/manic energy
- A deep sense of unworthiness
- Lack of appetite and/or voracious eating
- Constant second-guessing
- Pretending everything is fine while feeling exactly the opposite
I myself have mastered all of the 12 Signs of Being Severely Anxious. It’s truly been a lifelong effort, I have to say, but I don’t even have to try anymore—it’s just so easy at this point.
Are you a member of the Anxious Elite? Have you mastered the 12 Signs? Don’t worry if you haven’t (easier said than done, I know).
Not all of us can be Oprah, but we can all master something, even if that something is a bitch called anxiety.