If I’m honest, I struggle with being angsty sometimes. “Oh my life is awful! No one loves me! I would be better dead!” On and on the negative thoughts go.
Angst is annoying at best and only pushes people away instead of drawing them into your support team. It makes you seem like a victim instead of a survivor, a martyr instead of a warrior, a helpless person instead of a strong person.
Being angsty is negative, but being honest about your struggles is good. How can you find the line between the two? That is difficult but possible.
Honesty holds onto the truth and hope while angst sees only darkness and despair. Honesty speaks of hardship while angst celebrates it. Honesty hears wisdom and accepts comfort while angst only listens to itself and refuses to be consoled.
Here are some angst-ridden responses versus honest responses to life’s hardships:
Angst: I fail at everything in life. I am so very awful, and nothing ever goes right.
Honest: I just keep failing. I feel awful, and it seems like nothing will ever go right.
Angst: No one loves me. I am so hated and despised. There are no real friends in my life.
Honest: I am so lonely right now. It seems like no one loves me, even my close friends. I just feel alone.
Angst: I should be dead. I hate myself.
Honest: I wish that I were dead because I am so upset with myself. I just want to be able to start everything over again.
How do you combat angst? I would love to hear in the comments.