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“Of course I’m not happy, she said to me, but I’ve got a degree in psychology so at least I can explain why.” (storypeople.com)

I can’t decide whether it’s a good or bad thing that I have a background in psychology. I definitely end up analying myself way more than other people. This can be good in that I can figure out what causes some problems and try to fix them, but then again, it also sometimes causes me to hold things in instead of talking to someone else. A couple months ago I finally gave in and started seeing a counselor on campus. Our society gives such a stigma to seeing counselors and psychologists and therapists, but let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Having someone who is completely nonjudgmental and is there for the sole purpose of listening to you and helping you work through things is the best thing I could have in my life right now. For people my age, life can get tough sometimes with these transitions of deciding a career, graduating and finding jobs, going to grad school, moving, can be hard. I am lucky because I have a service available to me, but if the thought of needing someone to talk to about things has ever crossed your mind, don’t completely disregard it!

[On another note, the site linked above, Story People, has some great quotes and stories. Check it out!]


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Past in the Past

Sometimes people are too focused on the past to even notice the present or look forward to the future. The message in church last night got me thinking about it, but it is also something I have personally been trying to work on in my life.  It is so easy to think about the what ifs and should haves.  But there is absolutely no reason for it and nothing can be done to change it.  Although we can and should learn from the past, it does no good to spend time dwelling on it. The present is now to be enjoyed and the future is what we have to look forward to (although worrying about the future is also not a worthwhile way to spend time either).

Sadly, though, this is so much easier said than done. Is it just in human nature for our minds to wander backwards? Am I alone in my fight to keep focused on the present? Although I feel I do a lot better at this than I used, to, are there any strategies for doing this or is it just training your mind to push those thoughts away?