Me. I am your anxiety companion. I dot the i’s, save the receipts, remember the dates, and remind everyone else of what they should already have remembered themselves. As I aged, I am more inclined to step back and let others falter, fail, and learn on their own but then I feel responsible for their missed appointments and opportunities. Usually, they don’t learn or change.

We may have a disorder but then so do those who are disorganized, forgetful, and constantly frantic. It is difficult for people like us to live with people like them. We strive to never be hurried or late or frantic, and they introduce their agitation and frenzy into our orderly space. I’ve been told not to try to help such people, but if they reside or work with me or are a constant part of my life, I get involved as much for my own sanity as for their advantage.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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