Monday, October 19, 2015

Why I'm Jealous of My Sister

I am a worrier. I worry about the past, I worry about the future, and I even worry about the present. Maybe it's my Type A personality or that I am slightly amiable. Unfortunately, I have battled this little monster of anxiety my whole life. I like to say it's because I am full of passion or in touch with my emotions. The older I get, the better I am with my anxiety and maybe that's because I am more comfortable in my skin, but it's still there. It's that knot in your stomach or uneasy feeling that keeps you tossing and turning all night. I know there is some crazy statistic for the number of people who fight anxiety, like 40% of adults, but what about those other 60%?

Well my younger sister, Katie, most definitely falls into that 60% and I am so envious of her. Maybe it's her middle child syndrome or just her care free personality. Either way she's the most nonchalant person you will ever meet in your life and I am so jealous of her! I'd be lying if I said it didn't drive me a little coo coo sometimes, but even though she's my little sister I totally look up to her for this!

So I slowly started dissecting this carefree personality of hers and how she does it so well. Well for one, she's never worried about making plans. I mean, seriously, she has this go with the flow attitude that I am trying to incorporate more of. Secondly, she makes light of every situation. We could be stuck in a huge traffic jam and she would turn up the jams to start a dance party. I don't want to say she's a procrastinator but she just doesn't worry about things, so she knows things will get done when they get done. She never over thinks a project or packing for vacation, and she rocks the laissez-faire attitude. Lastly, she cares more about her family and friends than anything else in the world! She has built this incredible support system around her that keeps her positive.

I will admit she's 20 so our stages of life are a bit different, but the thing is no matter our ages we all have worries and stresses in life. I just need to remember to take this carefree attitude of my sister with me in life. Even when I'm around her, I need to appreciate this trait and soak it up!  She is my best bud and literally the ying to my yang. So next time I am sitting in a traffic jam or worrying about a big work project I need to channel my inner Katie. So WWKD (What Would Katie Do) ? Turn up the jams and turn down the stress/anxiety!

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