When the “What-if Monster” Strikes

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The what-if’s, oh how much I hate them!

They attack me out of the blue. Just when I think I have it all together, the what-if’s sneak up on me and BAM! I’m an emotional wreck.


Right now, I’m stressing over the upcoming Type A Conference.

What if no one likes me?

What if I don’t wear the right things?

What if I’m really out of my league?

What if I suck as a blogger?

What if I’m wasting my time trying to succeed as a blogger?

What if I’m wasting time away from family that I shouldn’t be?

What if I could be using the money more wisely?

What if I’m spending this money on myself without good reason?

What if I’m not worth it?


The what-if’s are caused by low self esteem. I know this but I still can’t seem to break away from them. They have been attacking me all of my life. They will probably always be a part of my life.

It’s just something that I will have to deal with and overcome.


I know I’m not alone in dealing with the what-if monster. Many, many people secretly suffer at his ugly hands.

When you don’t learn to deal with the monster, it can take over your life.  Depression is a very large side effect of allowing the what-if’s into your head.

I have spiraled into depression too many times to count. With the depression comes overeating in my case. Which leads to weight gain. A poor body image and then self-esteem problems.

Notice the vicious circle there?

Yeah, me neither.


So yeah, right now I’m stressed. The what-if’s are hitting me hard tonight. But I’m fighting ’em off the best that I can.


I told ya I was going to be more personal in my blogging. This is much, much more personal than I ever get in real life. I’m good at hiding my “what-if” problem in real life.

I project an air of having it all together, but in reality I am a big bowl of jello inside. So much so that I hide out at home and avoid a lot of social interaction.

So if you see me this weekend and I seem to be a loner, remember this post. And please, come say hi.


If you are a fellow sufferer, let me know. We can seek each other out and together we can beat the what-if monster at his own game.


3 thoughts on “When the “What-if Monster” Strikes”

    1. Last year was my first conference and I wasn’t even half as nervous as I am this year. Not even sure why. Don’t worry, we’ll make it through together. 😉

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