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This is NOT a “Make 2022 Your Best Year Ever” post. 😬

Well, here we are. The last day of the year.

I’ll be honest. New Years Day scares the crap out of me.

Every year. 

Why? I can’t stop thinking about all the crap that’s going to happen and what’s going to change in 2022, and it scares me.

Is anyone I know going to die?

Are my parents going to be ok?

Is something awful going to happen?

Puppy is like 15 years old. How will she be after another year?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is known as catastrophizing. That’s when you automatically assume the worst possible outcome of an event. The funny thing is I NEVER do this except when I’m looking far into the future. Weird, huh?

On a daily basis, I’m actually one of the most optimistic people I know. Why the difference? I don’t know. I plan on talking to my therapist about it when I see her in a couple of weeks. (Not a joke.)

In any case, I need some help from you to get me through this. I need you to let me know what you’re afraid of happening in 2022. It doesn’t matter what it is. Let’s do this together. I promise this will remain just between you and me. I’m serious about this.

It doesn’t matter if it’s outlandish and doesn’t make any sense, like a zombie apocalypse, or if it’s something that’s probably going to happen that you’re just dreading with every drop of your life’s essence. The only thing that matters is if thinking of it, you feel Dread’s icy fingers wrap around your stomach and squeeze just hard enough to let you know how much worse it can get.

Sorry Subscriber. I know this probably isn’t what you wanted to read this morning. I don’t know how many people are even going to help me with this, but I’m doing it for a reason.

To put it bluntly, we need to feel this stuff and acknowledge it. Everything we see at this time of year is about going into the new year and “kicking ass” and “setting big fat hairy goals” and having your BEST YEAR EVER!!”

That’s great and all, but what if that’s not what you’re feeling?

What if you’re full of worry and dread?

Does acting like you feel awesome help?

Does thinking you’re the only one having these feelings help?

Absolutely not.

It’s only when we acknowledge what really on inside that we can process that messy bottom-of-the-compost-bin mush of stuff and maybe – just maybe – really have our best year ever instead of just pretending we’re on board.

That’s why I need you. I can’t be the only one worried about 2022, right?

Just hit reply and let me know.

Mitch Rothbardt

Castro Valley Fitness

P.S. If you know anyone else who has these feelings can you please forward this to them. Just knowing there are others who feel this way can make a big difference in someone’s life. All it takes is a couple of clicks.

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