This is "The Game"
You get 80 years… maybe.
You could also die at any moment.
You need to find a way to get food and water into your body or you will die.
You need to abide by certain rules or you may be locked in a cage.
You need to follow cultural norms or you may be judged or rejected.
You need to avoid many dangers that could leave you injured or ill. Many of them you have no control over.
The people you love and depend on could die at any moment.
People do and think weird shit and end up hurting us in the process. We also do the same, at times.
You are told you should keep pushing and work hard to create security.
Even if you are able to take a day off from work or childcare, an endless list of painful things can still happen.
There are no breaks.
Do you still wonder why we all experience anxiety?
Anxiety is a part of life if you care at all about what happens to you, your community, and this Earth.
Can we all agree on that and stop pretending?
Let’s stop pretending we know what’s going to happen next.
Let’s stop pretending that we aren’t feeling insecure, even when we are sitting on the beach.
Let’s stop pretending that we know what’s best for others.
Let’s stop pretending that we are better or worse than anyone else on this planet when an honest look would reveal our position in life was mainly due to circumstance.
And, most of all, let’s stop pretending that we don’t pretend… a lot.