The Lead Ball

Just to be clear, I’m not usually prone to fits of anxiety. Although, I have had times in my life when I’ve had the lead ball in the gut feeling. We’ve all had moments of stress, which cause us to feel anxious or uncertain. I’ve lived a relatively stress-free life for the past few years. So, when I check my stress level with the Samsung Health app, it’s normally at the low end of the spectrum.

However, when I’ve measured it over the past few days, it’s been skyrocketing. There’s a host of reasons for this spike. First, the launch of a new website. When I suggested to my friend Larry, that we import all of the old articles from Become Nostalgic About Today and The Brown Parachute Club, I had no idea the can of worms I was opening up. What followed were months of edits to the articles, plus syncing up all of the links for the new website. Tedious work, but I think the result was worth it.

Also, I recently rearranged our living room furniture, but I can’t seem to get the proper Feng Shui. I know it sounds trivial, but I tend to obsess over something like that until I get it right. So, that’s causing me frustration as well. Also, I’ve recently checked out a new job opportunity which seems very promising. However, it’s more change in my life, and that’s resulting in even more stress. At least in the short term.

Over the years, I have come to realize that there is very little difference between the feeling of excitement and the feeling of dread. For instance, reaching the crest of a roller coaster versus being called into your boss’s office first thing on a Monday morning. I don’t handle change very well, and as a result, my stomach tends to do flip flops until I identify the cause of the discomfort.

Needless to say, I have a lot going on in my life right now, and my stomach has been flip-flopping nonstop. Hopefully, that will come to an end soon, as this new website catches hold, and I’m able to expand my horizons in the job market. We’ll see. In the meantime, please pass the TUMS. Thank you very much.

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