I have been known to have some fairly outlandish random wild thoughts. For some reason my thoughts have a tendency to go bonkers from time to time. I think they just get bored and have nothing better to do.
There have been times in my life when the “whatifs” have crept into my head. I’m not a fan of theirs so when I catch them sneaking up, I shut the door as quick as I can. I admit I’ve thought things like “What if I end up confined to a bed?” or “What if I’m no longer able to take care of myself?”
Those kinds of thoughts are normal and can be quite healthy to sort through, but they are not fact so you can’t give them too much space. Don’t spend hours and days entertaining those little buggers.
Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite poets. He has written some amazingly quirky and unique children’s books. I still pull them out to read from time to time. He wrote a poem called “Whatif” that I think you will enjoy.
Last night, while I lay thinking here,
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
And pranced and partied all night long
And sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I’m dumb in school?
Whatif they’ve closed the swimming pol?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there’s poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don’t grow talle?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won’t bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don’t grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems swell, and then
The nighttime Whatifs strike again!
Don’t let the whatifs take up any more of your day. You will have the strength needed to get through tomorrow when tomorrow gets here. Don’t look ahead in fear, instead look ahead with a determination knowing that no matter what happens, you are strong enough, brave enough and courageous enough to face whatever may come…even if you do it with knocking knees and trembling hands.
Kick those whatifs out of your head and fill that space with thoughts of thankfulness instead. You really do have a lot to be thankful for. Just look at how much you have already overcome in life.