Are you a what if person?

The time is midnight, you get up to get a glass of water. After having some, you place the water jug on the table and are just going back to bed, when a thought strikes your mind. What if there was an earthquake and the jug fell to the floor as it’s too near the edge. You go back and put it near the center of the table. That person is me! The what if person.

I have this tendency to imagine scenarios, that may never happen. But they still cross my mind. If I am going to lock up the home, I would be thinking what if the key is not in my bag? There are innumerable occasions when fearing the worst or something nearly impossible or improbable has given me a pause.

It may be due to an overactive imagination or a fear of something bad happening in my subconscious. I don’t know if there are more people like me, of am I an anomaly!

Do you have any thoughts like this? I feel that there are many undercurrents in our subconscious that worry our mind with probable and improbable scenarios. These might have roots in our past events or experiences. Or with something that might have happened to someone close to us. It gets to a point where it can turn into a obsession and we should watch out for that and try to prevent that from happening.

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments


62 thoughts on “Are you a what if person?

  1. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The “What if,” scenario worked out well for me. For example, in the past, I pondered, “What if I could replace Microsoft Windows with a completely different operating system and still be productive?”

    Guess what? I did! I replaced Windows with Linux and I could not have been happier.

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  2. I do this sometimes, but not all of the time. I feel for you. I have a very close friend who is like this. We had a coffee date the other day & it was so nice that we sat outside. She confessed while we were sitting at this table in front of the cafe’s parking lot, she thought “What if one of the car parks in front of us loses its breaks & runs us over.” ๐Ÿ˜ณ<– That's the look I gave her. I can't even imagine. *Hugs*

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    1. I do that too. But usually my what ifs are more directed about making mistakes. I used to fear falling down and injuring myself. But when I actually did it, I was totally not thinking about it.

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      1. Oh, that I can sympathize with. I’m so clumsy, so I immediately scan the room of all obstacles I could potentially trip over or run into & make note of them to try & avoid that situation.

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      2. Yes! I try not to focus too much & not be in the moment. I’ve even contemplated getting a tattoo that reads “Let it Be.” I am an overthinker. I even overthink my overthinking. Lol.

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  3. Plan for the worst, but hope for the best. I think everyone does the “what if…?” thing. Because it’s just the way our minds work. I don’t let it keep me up at night though. Not anymore. Because I realized a long time ago that it didn’t matter what happened during the night, my staying awake worrying about it wasn’t going to stop it, so I might as well get some sleep.

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  4. My “what if” thoughts used to make me a little crazy. It’s not near as bad as when I was much younger, but I still have them from time to time – especially in high stress situations. You are definitely far from alone.

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  5. I usually wake up in the middle of the night (well, morning as Iโ€™m late for bed ๐Ÿ˜) and thatโ€™s where I have my โ€what ifsโ€ because of a bad dream sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Sadje, I see what if thinking all the time — especially in young people, and especially when it comes to asking someone out. It tends to paralyzes them, freeze them, and they never get around to taking a little risk. What they are missing out on!

    I’ve heard that what if thinking is how we are programed to think. Seems it had some survival advantage, so we evolved to think that way. Someone once described us as “the most nervous species of all the primates”.

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  7. Sadje beautifully written and shared. I had to laugh as I was reading. It reminded of my day with my daughter today. We traveled 2 hours. The whole conversation was pretty much there and back was โ€œWhat If.โ€ I finally closed my eyes on the way back. So glad she a driver now.

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