Life has always felt like a rollercoaster but the ride has become more volatile in adulthood. I’m not sure if it’s because of entrepreneurship or if I’m alone but the highs feel higher and the lows seem lower. With that being said, this blog is a short and scrambled reflection on anxiousness. I hope that it finds you well and if not, I hope that you leave just a little bit better than you arrived.

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Feeling anxious is normal.

There, I said it.

Feeling overwhelmed is part of being human and we don’t talk about that enough.

Even the most well-intentioned words can fall flat when we’re sitting in a low of life. When things are hard, sometimes there’s nothing that can be said but just space that can be held. That’s most of what I wanted to share and accomplish here… if you’re feeling anxious I don’t think that you need to “fix it” but instead, you might need to endure it one step at time. If these words have you nodding your head in agreement, read the quote below a few times and commit to the slow walk toward a better you and a better life.

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

Veronica Roth

Through it all, just remember that “this shall pass and this too shall pass” – the good times will pass and the hard times will pass. Do your best to soak in the present moment and choose to find good where you can. In addition, understand that emotions are information and how you respond is what matters most.

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If you’re feeling anxious, there might not be much I can write to help but I just want you to know that you’re not alone. Everything will be just fine but for now, just focus on the next step.

“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms.”

Paulo Coelho

Keep going.

Joe Rinaldi

IG: @joearinaldi

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