FIVE WORRY CONTEST
I come from a long line of worriers.
My mother worried about everything. When I was small I solved one of my worries by deciding there was no such thing as a real vampire.
After that worry went away, I said: “Now what will I worry about?” As if it were my life’s destiny to become a veteran worrier. Or perhaps an obligation to carry on the family tradition by taking up the mantle of being a lifetime worrier.
And is it any surprise that one of my five children decided to mimic Mom?
If I could undo this role, I would.
It occurred to me that I should share what I worry about and maybe that would rid me of future worries.
Then I wondered what if my worries aren’t big enough to worry about? Just empty illusions of worry. A sham all the way around.
What if your worries are more substantial than mine? What is your biggest fear? What keeps you up at night?
Full disclosure. Here are mine:
1. I worried since I was in grade school that someone would find out I had a ringing in my ears. Tinnitus before its time.
2. I am worried I am writing or thinking about writing all the time and may be staying indoors too much.
3. I am worried that the built-in microwave is going to drop on the eyes of the counter top and break.
4. I am worried that the heating pad will somehow cause a fire.
5. I am worried about my friends in Sierra Leone who have to deal with serious issues like avoiding Ebola.
Are all of these true? No. Figure out which ONE IS NOT TRUE. I’ll draw one from the lot of correct guesses and send you my new book! The real deal. Send your answer to me by March 1 at email@example.com.