I sat paralyzed looking at my laptop. What if I don’t do well in my college classes? What if I choose to pursue a nursing degree and then hate nursing? What if I don’t make it into nursing school? Anxiety took over. I felt deep depression setting in.

Perspective is a wonderful thing. It gives us the ability to see things differently and choose our actions accordingly. But it can also be a double-edged sword. When our perspective gets off tract, it can lead to things like fear, anxiety, and even depression.

This happened to me recently. My perspective on life became too future focused, and the anxiety of the unknown really got to me. The weight of my future became so heavy that I became unable to carry it. I just wanted to give up, and that’s a scary place to be. I knew I could talk to my mom. I texted her, “I need to talk to you. Can we go on a walk?”

We took a long walk. She let me talk. She encouraged me and told me how proud she was of me. She said to do just the next step rather than thinking about everything else. After speaking to my mom about all my fears and worries, she was able help me shift my perspective back on the things that really matter.

So, when you feel like your perspective is off and you just can’t take the troubles of life anymore, try talking to someone close to you. You may just need to have your perspective refocused back on what really matters.

Life can be a burden, but burdens are lighter when you have someone to carry them with you.