The Dangers of Over-Thinking


By Ryan Touhey

Asst. Sports Editor

Last semester, I had written an editorial about being “thankful for life.” I wrote about how people should not take every day for granted because life is a gift and not a guarantee. I’ve decided to build off of that concept a bit for this editorial.

   In my previous editorial, I mentioned how fortunate I am to have what I have, such as a college education and family. I’m very grateful for these things and understand that there are others out there who don’t have possessions such as these.

   In spite of these gifts that I’ve been blessed with, I’ve often had a personal flaw hovering above my head.

   This flaw is my tendency to over-think many things that I do or have. It’s almost as if I am telling myself that if I am not concerned or worried about something, in particular, I’m doing something wrong.

    It’s a habit that I feel is hard to break. I am afraid of something occurring that may leave a major effect on my life. Usually, when something good happens to me, the first thought that comes to my mind is if this is too good to be true.

   That just then leads to a whole wave of thoughts pouring into my head and wondering what will come next.

   I feel that over-thinking comes from trying to be perfect or near perfect, in almost anything that you do. Sometimes a competitive environment, such as the job market, can consume a person on the inside and make them want something badly.

   While it is good to set personal goals, people shouldn’t think that it’s the end of the world for them if they don’t achieve those goals.

   But I’ve had that exact feeling plenty of times throughout my life. I wonder a lot as to whether or not I am making the right decisions, or if I am even doing what I want to do.

   My mentality has been, “you only live once, so make sure you live your life to the fullest.” Everyone’s time on earth varies, which is the scary truth, and it does get under my skin quite easily. However, the saying, “you can’t live life in fear,” is important because if you do that, then things aren’t going to be as fun for you.

   I’ve struggled to do that and have needed some help along the way to deal with my worries. Luckily, thanks in part to the support of friends, family, and other acquaintances, I think I’m getting a little better at not stressing about everything that does not go according to my plan.

   Struggles are how some people find out who they are. Character is judged when one’s back is against the wall.

   One can either let it eat him or her up or rise above it.

There are endless struggles people face in their everyday lives, but at the end of the day, it’s all about perseverance.

   Nobody is perfect after all and that’s always something that people, especially myself, need to remember.

   Many people care about results more than anything else, which leads to a person’s effort being overlooked. The results one specifically wants in any process are the toughest thing to achieve.

   There are obstacles that the earth possesses that try to prevent you from attaining those results. However, the effort that one puts in can display heart, determination, and respect for oneself.


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