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I’ve battled anxiety my whole life
My mom tried everything she could think of
To help me relax
She would tell me,
“Pretend we’re on a beach.”
And I’d say, “But we’re not.”
Clearly, I struggled with being imaginative
But now I can’t seem to stop
Most of the situations I think of
Will never happen
But in my head, they seem very real
Like when my best friend won’t respond to a text
“Something is terribly wrong!”
My thoughts of imaginary situations spiral out of control
I know that thinking outside of the box can be a great skill to have
But when you use it simply to ruminate on something that isn’t real
And may never be
It becomes nothing more than one more burden to carry