All of my life: anxiety. “You come by it honestly” says my therapist. She has heard the stories, knows the family addictions, struggles, troubles, behaviors. In recovery it lessened so much. Thank God. It helps that I no longer add to the biological or the behavioral components. But still.
Many times I have thought, “Well, if this is the price of surviving, then OK, I’ll take anxiety.”
Cognitive therapy helps. A lot.
And then today reading about spirituality for artists I saw this from American philosopher, Charles Frankel:
“Anxiety is the essential condition of intellectual and artistic
creation and everything that is finest in human history.”
And I laughed.