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    Creating Our Fears

    “Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves…” Cheryl Strayed We all have a story to tell. Some of us, many stories. We sit around the dining room table and tell our family about our day. We gather round the campfire with friends and tell ghost stories. We sit at a lonely wooden desk and sketch out stories pulled from our imaginations. But there are other stories we tell ourselves, stories born from the blurred lines between fiction and reality. Stories of what-ifs, stories of what-could-be. Stories enhanced by anxiety, depression, tragedy. These stories all have the same title: Fear. It took me many years…

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    The Dangerous What-Ifs

    I’m a writer. Have been most of my life. I also suffer from anxiety, and have a great deal for the last 10+ years. The two, in fact, feed into one another quite well. As a writer, I ask an all important, all encompassing question that always gives birth to my stories: What if? Suffering from anxiety, that same question, ‘What if?’, can cause terrible damage. Most of my anxiety encompasses that question, and most of my fears are based around it. What if? What if my apartment catches fire? What if I’m robbed at the bank? What if my wife gets into a car accident? What if a nuclear…