Have you ever thought about the way our minds process certain situations when we begin to make decisions? Some people tend to over-analyze situations, which then allows our minds to wander to different places: green meadows with flourishing flowers or dark alleys from where you never return. For some people, our minds take the latter. When this happens, every possible tormenting reason for why we even ended up thinking this way in the first place crosses our minds.
When this happens, we take it out on those around us because of one feeling: fear.
When we overthink situations, fear creeps into the back of our minds and it takes control of the gears and switches in our decision-making, which then allows it to find refuge in the anxiety it causes.
When this happens, we forget who we are.
Fear is a funny thing. It reaches inside you, grabs onto your brain, sucks out your normal decision-making juices, camps out in your mind, and then waits until its edge slowly creeps through every facet of your body, which then causes you to break. Fear consumes our lives and makes us face situations we would normally never face.
Recently, fear consumed my life. Throughout its process of camping out in my mind, it took away not only my normal decision-making skills, but it also took away pieces from other aspects of my life: my energy, my ambition, my independence, and it negatively affected some people I love.
Once I admitted this drastic change in my life, I found myself able to face the problem head-on, without hesitation, and I even had the help of some of those aspects I previously lost. I had ambition to succeed in every part of my life. I found my independence and my strength. I even had the help of someone I thought I lost.
Figuring out the center of an issue can make your life turn 180 degrees. Once you find out the stem of a problem, it becomes easier to create a strategic plan in order to divide your priorities, build your armies, and conquer the root of your evils.
Once you create your plan for war, you place your eyes on your prize, and in the middle of fighting your fear, you find yourself, someone who was once lost in the midst of the battle.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.