Notes on the Friday lunchtime exercise

I’m old.  Most, maybe none, of the things that caused me great anxiety when I was younger, do so now.  I’ve tried to do this exercise, by spending some time imagining my worst fears, but I’ve been unable to find anything that makes me seriously anxious any more.

I suppose I just have two fears nowadays.  The first is that my husband will fall in love with someone else and leave me. I’d miss him and I’d be very lonely, but I think I’d cope.  The second fear is that I’ll outlive him and be lonely and dependent on strangers in my old age.  But, it isn’t a possibility that I spend a lot of time worrying about, and I don’t see how rehearsing it in my head will improve my state of mind.

I can see how the technique might work in relation to something like flying or going to the dentist but I no longer fear these things.

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