[quote="KCT, post:1, topic:206562"]
In my experience, older people seem to worry more. Even people who might not have been worriers in their younger years. Any idea why?
Do you think we have control of this? Or do you think at some point, something in the brain takes over and we can't help it?
I live w/ it everyday; my mom worries about all sorts of things. :o My brother and I also experienced it while traveling recently. We met a mother and daughter who might have missed their train. The mom was worried, and the daughter was OK with Plan B if it came to that.
I suspect when my mom was young, she would not have thought she'd be a worrier later in life, yet she is. I wonder if I will be the same way, whether I want to or not.
I'd think it would be partly personality driven, and...wondering if it's partly b/c more and more things in life are out of your control? Make sense?
I do recall that when I was a child/young adult I worried MUCH more than I do at present (I'm 48...or will be in a few days:D)
As a child, I lived in a very emotionally unpredictable (and sometimes physically unpredictable) environment, and I worried incessantly...about everything. I even had some kind of system set up in my head as to what the foster mother would do from day to day....kind of messes with your head in the long run, trust.
Now that I am in control of my OWN destiny...well, relatively so...I don't worry QUITE as much. I do worry about my job on occasion...worry if I am not doing something right, missing a symptom that would cause a patient to get worse, etc. That's the bane of working in health care, though:D
I'd think as I become older, and realize life is shorter, my health is in decline, and I have to be dependent on others (a MAJOR fear of mine, I see how horrible it is to have to depend on others every time I work) I'm going to worry. Human nature, I'd suppose.
That's where I'd venture to say faith would sustain you.
However, I really have very little faith....I see the creator as an impersonal force (if a creator exists at all) and it's not like a god is going to be looking out for little ol' me anytime soon. That's why I have a real problem with prayer in a personal sense.