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Underlying Anxiety, You Feeling It?

"There's definitely a country-wide level of underlying anxiety", has been a sentence I've heard from more people I care to count.

Are you feeling it?

I have to be careful saying such things as my own circumstances can lead me to paint the world a tad darker than it may be for everyone else.

People do seem to be feeling a low level hum of tension in both their own lives and those around them.

Is that a thing you're experiencing?

Of course we can intellectually rationalise why this may be. A simple list of words, COVID, Trump, racism, Brexit, and the granddaddy of them all Climate Change (did I miss anything, oh Russia, social media, conspiracy eejits, and there's bound to be even more) it doesn't take much to know why we might be struggling with the world.

Remember, this anxiety is here in Aotearoa New Zealand, a country that has weathered many of the travails. I'm writing this on a balmy seashore as many people are leaving their offices to go home, to the pub, or any other place they want filled with people doing the same.

Our recent election was how we all think elections should go. COVID in AoNZ is currently being managed. We have a stronger media scene than we have for many years. 

We have a lot to be thankful for. A lot. And we know it, we aren't ignorant of how it could be, and we definitely see it is like out there.

"There's definitely a country-wide level of underlying anxiety". Talking about it can only be healthy. Actually checking it out to see if it's more than just a few sensitive people, that's grand as well.

If you are feeling it, a certain unease, a slight hesitancy in going for it, noticing you're less tolerant of the small bumps in your life. If you are then ask the question of your closet buddies, "Have you noticed a new level of underlying anxiety?", or however you'd phrase it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I've noticed something and so have others. 

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