Thursday, September 22, 2005

Call Me Wuss

I'm thinking of going No News for a while. I have to do this every once in a while, to preserve my equilibrium.

Look, I believe in knowing what's going on. But I am also a worrier. An equal opportunity worrier: health, politics, the kids, weather. You name it, I'll obsess about it. Spouse, who is one of the world's great humans, has become used to me rolling over in the middle of the night and muttering, "I'm not dying of some weird disease, am I?" "No, you're fine," he'll say, and that's all I need in that moment. But I can as easily lie awake worrying about the ozone layer and weather patterns (which is my current fret) or whether Sarcasm Girl has an adequate social life or...whatever. I believe the technical term is anxiety neurosis.

Whatever the hell it is, it means that I can get overwhelmed by the news and paralyzed thereby. This is probably exacerbated by the fact that I read an awful lot of SF in the 70s of the "if this goes on" variety, and am quite capable of projecting a future in which my beautiful daughters live out their lives enslaved or grubbing for survival in a nasty apocalyptic world. It's hard to think about whether I want to paint the sunroom, or figure out who has to be picked up when on Friday afternoon, when I'm obsessing about what current events mean about the future. Not thinking or worrying, but obsessing. So, while it makes me feel a little weak and shallow, I'm stepping back from the news a little bit until I get the worrying under control.

4 Comments:

Blogger C. F. Blog said...

Husband and I had to do that. Even though we like to be informed it just got to be too much. For Newstations though, it's job security to have us glued to the TV. We even had to take a break from talk radio.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

I know they want my butt in the seat and my eyes upon the set 24/7, but they're just going to have to wait. Actually, it's the newspaper and a lot of the political blogs I read that I really need to filter out for a bit, just until my equilibrium returns. As for talk radio...I don't do it. It seems to me a sure route to high blood pressure and insanity...

10:10 AM  
Blogger Patrick Nielsen Hayden said...

Having thought about this post for a while, I'm going to assume you didn't mean it as an act of bragging.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

How would I be bragging? I got to a point where my peak lights went off, and decided to back away from the news sources. I am now wise enough to know when I need to do this, but still dumb enough to feel apologetic about it.

10:31 PM  

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