It's funny how the three of us tend to lean towards certain themes. In general, John likes bigger picture topics like pharmaceuticals or the media. I prefer topics that let my cynicism and crotchety-ness shine, like social media or horoscopes. Greg likes to talk about mental health. Specifically, his own mental health. It's nice that he's using this podcast to save thousands of dollars on therapy. He should be paying me and John, as well as our entire listener base.
All joking aside, stress is no joke. We all experience it in one way or another. And it seems like modern times allows us to increase our stress levels in ever greater amounts. In the past, when work was stressful, you were able to forget about it when you got home. Nowadays most of us get our work emails on our phones. So we can constantly be reminded of what is stressing us out. The same applies if you're dealing with family stress or if you're just anxious about the state of the world. Technology has allowed us to constantly be reminded of everything, the good and the bad.
But even without the technology piece, some of us allow stress to rule our lives. I can definitely say I am victim to that behavior. Not all the time. But enough to leave a mark on me. I let stress eat me up enough to give me stomach problems. So mental stress becomes physical. John and Greg have full on panic attacks. Why do we allow ourselves to get to that point? What in our lives is so big that we should let it do physical damage to us? John and Greg are in sales. I'm in marketing. Nothing in our professions should ever be so daunting that we can't cope easily and rationally. But stress defies rationality. It can overtake us. I envy those who manage it really well.
I thank you, Greg, for turning our podcast from what is normally a nice diversion to an hour and a half conversation about the shit that really bothers me! My next topic is going to be about things that make Greg nervy.
- Kevin Rosenquist