Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Inevitable.

Guys. GUYS!
Yesterday? Yesterday was by far the most amazing day I have experienced as a blogger.
So many amazing stories, so many beautiful new faces I got a chance to interact with.
Thank YOU all for sharing your personal stories with me, it was a really incredible day for me.

Here is just a small sample of some of the amazing feedback I received, amongst so many personal emails and comments...

Seriously though, I can't express how grateful I am for each and every one of you stepped forward and found a way to make me feel so normal and not alone. This blogging world is really, really amazing.



With all of that said, I think I have one more thing to cover on this topic before I shove it aside and go back to writing about how I returned a stale box of wine last night...

The inevitable.
Here is my list of the inevitable facts of being an anxiety sufferer:
**Disclaimer: this is all in good fun and is not meant to be taken seriously what-so-ever.

1. You absolutely did leave the oven on and your house is burning down as we speak.
Also, your hair straighteners, Scentsy warmers, irons, etc. They are all on, even after you've checked them 3 times over before you left the house, and you need to go check just one more time because your house is definitely going to be ashes when you get home and your pets will be gone. 

2. Those emails in your inbox will explode permanent ink all over the place, like those security tags, if you do not check it right now.
Yep, that's right, the world can not go on if you don't check your email at 3am, when you wake up tossing and turning, because there is most likely something life threatening in there.
Or, you know, just an email from your long lost Arabian relative who has a large fortune to send you once you respond with all of your personal information.

3. That unsaved number calling you is absolutely an evil monster calling to steal your virtue.
Or your first born, which ever comes first. Yes, unsaved numbers calling your phone are always means for a minor panic attack. I mean, there's no chance it's just a spam caller - even if you are on the national "do not call" list.

4. That semi truck approaching you in the next lane over is absolutely going to tip over on top of your car.
Speed up, immediately think of excuses to tell the cop when you get pulled over and get the hell away from that evil truck. You and your vehicle will be mashed potatoes if that semi gets anywhere near you. Also, don't forget to get out your spare napkins from your glovebox because I know you are perspiring like a whore in church right now.

5. You know that vehicle behind you that just made the exact same 3 turns as you? Yeah, they're absolutely following you.
ABORT MISSION and start making weird turns around the neighborhood until you lose them. This is not a joke, this is serious business. I mean, I know you don't actually watch many scary movies because they evoke many, many feelings of anxiety but this has to be what those movies are about.

57 comments:

  1. Spot on! Especially the semis and the following cars. I freak out and drive myself crazy. At least none of us are alone in what we go through!

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  2. I'm so with you on the last two! I can NOT drive next to big trucks but I swear they are going to fall on me or I will swirve and end up under the truck! And when I feel like someone is following me I won't even go home I'll just make all kinds of turns to try and lose them =/ oops

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  3. Oh man, this is so good...and so true!
    That truck driving down the highway with poles in the back? They're totally going to fly out and skewer you as you drive. Thanks Ripley's Believe It or Not for that completely rational fear.

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    1. And thanks Final Destination movies! *shudder*

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  4. I thought I was the only one who feels like my heart drops to my stomach when an unknown caller calls me. Now I feel better!

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  5. Love this!! You have to laugh at things sometimes... I was just wondering, "Did I leave the oven on this morning?!?"

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  6. I had to go out and lock my car three times last night. Rain Man, anyone?

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  7. Yes to all of the above. Good lawd I never realized how panic stricken I can be until I read that haha. Mine is ALWAYS the garage door. I definitely left it open and when I get home my house will be empty and all of my belongings will be gone! Yes, definitely.

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  8. 1. I LOVE the design! Don't know if I had mentioned it yet.
    2. And I agree about the unknown caller. I always assume it's something bad like the police calling me to tell me that someone died. Or that I forgot to make a payment on my car....

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  9. You preach it sista.... I literally could not sleep for a whopping 3 months before I was "diagnosed" - I was convinced that EVERY sound in the night was a burglar and would even call my home phone/have my parents pick up from my bedroom (on my cell phone) to figure out if noises were OK (since my room was in a different part of the house).

    it's really hard to explain to someone w/o it, but yes... it's like your life is under a magnifying glass - everything (including the fact that someone gave me a weird look today... were they talking about me? are they mad at me? was my dress tucked in my tights and my underwear showing?) is far worse than it would appear to a "normal" person.

    that's why there's wine.

    lots and lots of wine ;)

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  10. I love this post! When I lived at home I was on my way home pretty late (mom was always right -nothing good ever happens after 2am) and there was a creepy car following me and I tried to lose them through my neighborhood but I started down my street and they did too....so I pulled in my driveway and so did they - OMG I was so scared I locked the doors and tried to find something in my car to use as a weapon - then I heard something hit the back of my car (obviously I thought they were shooting at me) but it was just the paper boy throwing the morning paper ..... guess it was later than I thought if the morning paper was already being delivered...oops!

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  11. ooooh the random number phone calls - those REALLY get me anxious!

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  12. Yup! You hit the nail right on the head love :)

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  13. Those last two are what I think about everyday. I swear I saw a TRUtv episode called "When Semis go bad" and ever since then I haven't been able to drive next to one. hahahaha

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  14. We really are soul sisters - like separated at birth - at least I know I am not alone. : )

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  15. I am completely guilty of a majority of these on this list. Definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. ;-)

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  16. I check my straightener, iron, and door locks at least 3-4 times every morning before I leave. Sometimes, after I get down to the garage to get into my car...I think...I know I looked at the door lock, but was it actually locked? Then I shamefully walk back upstairs to double check all the doors 5th time and make myself even more late!

    Also, when I ride in the car with other people, I just know that they are waiting too long to break or didn't see that car in the lane next to us inching closer into our lane. I feel like I am going to die every time!

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  17. Guilty of pretty much all of these! Also, after watching a 20/20 episode, the salt shaker at restaurants is going to give me a strange disease and I'll be dead in 2 months. But mainly the semi one - partly because I have been run off the road by one. Not fun.

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  18. Number 2 is my FAVE! Damn it, I want that fortune!

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  19. Number 4....the reason I go 90mph when I pass semi trucks!

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  20. Ummmmmm so I so have done/thought everything on your list but specifically the last one. ...and it may have been at night... and I may have not had my glasses on... and it may have meen a police officer. SHIT!

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  21. hahaha this is great. and people love them some whit!!! and i always think people are following me.

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  22. Yup 2 - 5 are EXACTLY the same for me. And #1 is my sister through and through - she even takes photos to remind herself that things are unplugged!

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  24. Howwww do you know my life??? Seriously... I have slight (okay severe) panic attacks over all of those. Especially due to evil tractor trailers.

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  25. Omg this is so spot on. I am the most paranoid person out there & don't watch ANY form of scary movies or tv shows {confession: I used to HAVE to sleep with the tv on before I got married & I would ONLY allow Disney Channel to be on obvi because there are NO scary commercials so there wasn't a chance of me waking up at 3am with a terrifying commercial playing in the background}

    Oh and I am constantly watching my rear view mirror & if I have the slightest suspicion someone is following I will go WAY out of my way until I lose them. Seriously we would be a hot mess together :P

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  26. Loved your post yesterday. I actually submitted my personal anxiety story to a website last week, so we'll see if they pick it up!

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  27. 1, 4 and 5 - definitely me. I am super paranoid about driving next to semi trucks.

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  28. Checking (and rechecking)things a zillion times is normal?...as well as imagining every person out there is a mass rapist coming to get you? So happy to know I am not the only one!

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  29. ha. I remember walking my dogs and feeling like this truck was following me. I freaked out and RAN home with my poor dogs not knowing what was going on.
    I peeked out the window and realized...he was sort of following me..because he was putting flyers in people's mailboxes. I felt like an idiot.

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  30. Are you writing about you or me now? Every single one of those is totally me! I am so happy to know that I am not the only one!

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  31. You are definitely not alone! Thank you for posting such a honest post. I can definitely relate with the way you feel and, glad to see that you can have a sense of humor about it, even though it is a serious thing :)

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  32. How did I miss your post yesterday?! Girlfriend, I share the same thoughts/feelings as you!

    These inevitable facts are the story of my life!!

    XOXO

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  33. I haven't had a chance to read yesterday's post, but now I can't wait!! :) I so freak out at myself wondering if I left something plugged in. And unsaved numbers DRIVE ME CRAZY!

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  34. I always find myself checking to see if my hair straightner is plugged in, because it is so easy to get distracted and forget. The same goes for the door. I always keep wondering if it is "really" locked.

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  35. just catching up on yesterday.....so refreshing to see a post like that from anyone in the blog world. it's so easy to believe our lives are perfect on the internet. how can someone so funny charming and pretty as you have anything wrong with their life? you know what i mean? i have self esteem issues and have moderate anxiety sometimes...except i'd never post about it on my blog. thank you for being bold and honest!

    ...and i bought a straightener that turns off after awhile because i would drive home from work to check.

    whoops.

    my new one is my car is going to break down at every noise.

    my mechanic hates me.

    thanks again lady :)

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  36. 6. Any slightly weird smell or noise when I'm driving absolutely means my car is going to explode at any moment.
    7. If it's not written on a detailed and specific list there is no way it will ever EVER get done and life is basically over because I didn't do it. i.e. remembering to get something at the store and the day is shot because then you have to go back and your plans for the rest of the day are all out of sorts.

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  37. Thanks for featuring my tweet (@apstonee) in your post! I meant all the kind words I said. I love the honesty of these posts and it is so helpful for other people. I have a lot of personal things going on myself, and though it is not exactly the same it makes me feel more comfortable talking about it in the blogging world. Your blog is truly amazing and you seem like such an incredible person!

    Oh and by the way, I totally think people are trying to break into my house all the time. And I've definitely though someone was following my car multiple times... LOL you're not alone!

    xoxo,
    Alexa
    44thandlex.com

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  38. Loved your post today! The whole car following thing I totally get! I walk home late at night so I freak out if a car slows down, or turns on to my street(I happen to live in a REALLY bad neighborhood... the irony). The joys of worrying about every single thing!

    And not too long ago, I actually fell asleep with the oven on. 8 hours later I woke up to charcoal fries in my oven.

    twentysomethinggonewrong.blogspot.com

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  39. You won't get stolen by the guy following you. We'll blow him up with the furniture man and my ex.

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  40. I absolutely love love love this post. Don't get me wrong, I love that you opened up about having extreme anxiety. I'm pretty sure I do too and have just chosen not to get help.. or I'm an extreme hypercondriac, which could be possible. I always double check my straightner and my oven, ten times. You forgot checking to make sure your door is locked at night. I check to make sure mine is about fifteen times. Then i'll get in bed and have to get out to double check it. I'd hate to get murdered in the middle of the night...

    XO Kendahl
    www.exploringallavenues.blogspot.com

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  41. OMG!! Numbers 1 and 5 happen to me on a daily basis!! I also have to check the door locks SEVERAL times before bed (or someone will jump off of a train when it goes by 2 blocks down and choose my house to harm all of the occupants) and with the holiday season, check that the tree lights are unplugged before bed (or my house will burn down, fake tree or not).

    You have a wonderful, bright spirit about this, I hope it carries you through without the medicine you don't want to take.

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  42. Oh my word.... All those inevitables and then some....I'm queen of "is that car following me?" Or "someone's going to rape and kill me"

    Recently, I had a gas leak in my furnace like 2 years ago. Now I sniff the air constantly wondering if I have another and my condo might blow up or something.

    Yay for irrational thoughts....but I get it. I so understand and get it, lady. You are def NOT alone :)

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  43. SO I just recently found your blog and started reading it while I was at work a few weeks ago. Let's just say, that was not a very productive day for me since I was sucked in by your humor and honesty.... and I read your WHOLE blog backward to the beginning. All I could think was wow, I wish I was friends with this girl... you just seem like a blast, and have a lot of the same interests! (Number 1, being WINE. I mean really, sometimes I tell people my best friend is Robert.... Robert Mondavi).

    Yesterday, after a few weeks over lost sleep over my job, stressing about money, crying in traffic on the way home, I read your blog and it brought me to tears. I pride myself on being the fun-loving and humorous one of my friends, but sometimes, my anxiety gets the best of me... and this whole other person appears. I can't beat her sometimes and it breaks me down. Reading your blog, I recognized so much of what hurts me in you, and wow... I hate to say this, because I wouldn't wish anxiety on anyone, but it felt so good to know that I am not alone.

    Thank you for posting this, as I'm sure it's not easy to put yourself out there and be vulnerable on the internet of all places. All I can tell you is that your honesty inspired me. And today, to post about anxieties that plague us... and really make light of how ridiculous they are? I LOVED that.

    Keep doing what your doing. I look forward to reading your blog everyday. And again... thanks!

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  44. I felt the same way when I wrote about anxiety on my blog :) So many people suffer from it, it's really surprising actually. So props to you for opening up! And I totally love this post, because sometimes the things I worry about I just need to say out loud to see how ridiculous they are.

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  45. All 5 are things that I think daily. Thanks for making me feel not crazy :)

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  46. I won't pass up a "big truck" unless I can get all the way past him. Oh and if there is a curve just forget about me going past him, I will go 30mph just to avoid it.

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  47. I tried to respond on your post yesterday but I was at work and blogger got all screwed up. I've challenged anxiety everyd day since I was 21 years old. I freak out about cars and trucks on the highway. I can't get on an airplane with out being 2 xanny's and a vodka deep. I get hangover anxiety. WHICH IS THE WORST! I mean you can't even enjoy a bloody to get rid of it! I chronically think that I am having a heart attack. After 10 years of 2 cycles of meds and some crazy doctors, I think some days I got it under control. Some days I wake up and say "Come at me anxiety, give me all you got!" and it backs the eff off. So stay strong girl cuz Whitney ain't got time for that!

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  48. Lol, I didn't think I had much anxiety, but just realized I've stressed about pretty much everything you listed!

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  49. So, I didn't comment yesterday because I was totally reading blog posts in between finishing those school assignments I saved until the last minute, only to make them seem impossible to finish. Wrong. I got them done, no worries.
    What I wanted to share then, and now too, after laughing a little about your inevitable list, because definitely all of those are on my list too. I check the door 50 times a day to make sure it's locked, and I speed past semi's like they're going to kill me.

    About a year and half ago, maybe a bit longer, I was so stressed, so depressed, so blah, that I really just wasn't myself. Every TINY little thing rubbed me the wrong way. I would yell at everyone and everything. My poor dogs thought I was nuts, I'm sure. The only person I never yelled at was my little monkey, because, well, he was 1. Why would I yell at him. My dr. and I had a long discussion, I went to a few therapy sessions, but I didn't necessarily think those were helping, because my problem was that I would get so worked up and never be able to calm down. If I started crying, it would last for hours. I took Zoloft for about 8 months, and surprisingly, didn't feel numb while taking it, but it allowed me to get back in tune with myself. I slowly weened myself off, and up until about a month ago, felt pretty ok. Now the anxiety and all of that is coming back, and I'm really trying to deal with it without having to go back on those little pills.

    I'm so glad you shared this Whit! I think we all need to be a little more honest sometimes. That is what makes us real people, and how we can connect :)

    XoXo!

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  50. Me and locking the doors....I am OBSESSED. I'll freak myself out the whole way to work worrying that I forgot to lock it and they will break in and kill my dog.

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  51. I'm literally that person driving on the highway who starts slowing down when I see a semi, because I either think they are going to crash into my car/drive me off into the ditch Fast & The Furious style/tip over on my equinox and smash me into a million pieces. Haha. Love this.

    Megan


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  52. Ha! I love number 5. A friend of mine thought she was being followed, so she sped up (naturally), and it ended up being a cop behind her! The cop pulled her over for speeding, and she explained that she watches Criminal Minds and thought something bad was going to happen! So funny, and I do the same thing!
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  53. Thanks so much for posting this, I honestly never associated those day to day worries with anxiety. I thought I just worried a lot, and that tight in your chest feeling was normal. Thanks for bringing these issues to light, and making me feel ok about it. Great blog :)

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