Updated: Jan 3, 2020
Humans, unlike other animals have a unique relationship with time.
We can hold onto to the past, or project indefinitely into the future. This forms a kind of conundrum on several levels.
The first is the anxiety caused by holding onto events from our past and looping them endlessly in our minds - with no particular benefit.
And the second is this unspoken fear (or anxiety) associated with the most significant of all future events – the inevitability of our eventual demise (death).
We find a myriad of reasons not to have to think about or deal with them at any significant level.
So essentially, we simply tend to avoid them.
The problem here is that this avoidance tends to breed further anxiety as some unavoidable realities begin to creep up on you over time.
The more you avoid, the more it builds, until it eventually completely overwhelms you.
In a practical sense, this avoidance, translates to lots of things in your life more generally.
Avoiding cleaning your room.
Avoiding taking out the trash
Avoiding the gym.