If only we could find that perfect, sweet, happy place and just sink into it. Stay there and never have to deal with change again. But of course, that’s impossible, isn’t it? Because if the world doesn’t change — and it never stops — we also change too, physically and emotionally.

We find a perfect job except we run out of work or they sell to another company. We learn everything we need to know except we turn around and it’s all different and we have to relearn it.

I don’t remember where I read it, but it was a list of the things that we find most stressful. It included things like death, job loss, and many other bad things … but it also included good things. Marriage and weddings are enormous stressors. Moving, even if you choose the move, are going somewhere you want to be is a  major stressor.

All change is stressful. Whatever our personality or feelings about change, in the end, it pushes us in ways we may not like.  Are bad changes — death, dying, sickness, poverty — worse than good changes? Sure, but don’t try to explain it to your body. All it knows is the tension and stress. It doesn’t care if it’s good or bad, only that it’s hard.

I’m not sure what induced me to take on a day of this prompt. I swore I’d never go back to prompting again, I needed a bit of change that wasn’t forced on me. Something small, but which would force me into thinking about “stuff.”

These past few years have been terrifying. Considering I’ve “grown-up” with news as a major part of my world, you wouldn’t think that it would affect me so much, but it has. It turns out we — Americans — are having a bit of a national nervous breakdown. Even people who (Dog may know why) like this administration are finding it stressful. We aren’t alone. Other countries are undergoing their own stressors. Between the climate changing and the bizarre leadership shifts? It’s messy and scary.

I’ve been dealing with my particular big bad dragon — money — so I haven’t had time to dive in and see what I need to do. I’m sure I’ll work it out, but be a patient, please. On top of everything else, we’ve been having problems with Charter, all of which seem to have started when we cut the cable cord. I don’t suppose that has anything to do with it? They wouldn’t be that petty, would they?

We’re also having a lot of glitches with WordPress. I’ll do my best and hopefully, it will all work out. If not, maybe I’ll take up bungee jumping. If I’m going to stress, I might as well go all in.

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8 replies

  1. I’ve never been more stressed than I have recently with our own dreadful British Brexit news, compounded by now having a brand new PM who is intent on being a soul mate with your President. In fact this stress directly had an effect on my husband, now in recovery from a heart attack which we KNOW was Brexit-induced. Sorry times indeed. And I’m sorry too that after all you won’t be joining the Ragtag team. But avoidable stress is definitely best avoided.


  2. I’m really excited that you’re going to be one of the Ragtaggers. I respond to the Ragtag Daily Prompt almost, um, daily (along with other daily prompts, including my own). I do hope you won’t toss us any archaic or rare words that no one ever actually uses and that are nearly impossible to fit into any normal, reasonable post. 😉


  3. I think many of us are suffering stress not only from the changes in our own lives, I read that list too, but from just trying to live in this crazy world. Taking on some kind of mental or creative challenge is a way to take our minds off all this unwanted change.

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  4. Bungee jumping ought to do it Marilyn….

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