WTFISLIFEIFUDONTFEELALIVE
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Hi,

I am glad you checked in. This is a really interesting question.

I am probably not the first person to say that, in many ways, we live in an age of anxiety. All you have to do is turn on the news and you can see that life can feel very uncertain. And all that uncertainty can, on some days, leave you feeling kind of overwhelmed. And many people are living with their own life challenges that can result in feeling anxious and/or depressed.

I am always concerned when I run into people, including my own clients, who feel as you described. That they may as well just give in to feeling this way.

I remain hopeful, and I encourage you to remain hopeful, also. There are a lot of reasons to feel good about life. There are people out there who are doing good, in their own lives and in the lives of others, who are caring and compassionate, and creative. It may require looking beyond what the media constantly presents us with. But they are out there.

I also encourage my clients to do good in their own lives, to do what they can to shine a light in their own corner of the world. I do what I can to do this in my own corner of the world. I don't have control over very much, most of us don't. But I do have control over the actions I take.

One of the things I do is to remind people that they don't have to go through life feeling anxious or depressed, even though it might feel that way, and even though everyone around them seems to be suffering in some way. I remind them that they have a choice. They can chose to have more quality of life. The first step is to reach out for help.

So, if you haven't already, I hope you will reach out for help, and encourage people you are concerned about to take better care of themselves.

Thanks for the great question. I hope you will stay in touch.

Gary

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