What is the antonym of anxiety
In the past few days, many friends around me have shown a very optimistic mood. The reason is simple. Large-scale lockdown measures are gradually being lifted, and normal work and life rhythms are expected to resume. However, some friends also reminded that there will be a new wave of problems in the future. For example, the ICU resources are not enough, the elderly and the weak are afraid, and so on.
The so-called “solutions to problems will bring new problems”, this is common sense in the world. Therefore, seeing hope does not mean that everything is over.
During the discussion, I saw someone say something like this, everyone is anxious, what should I do? So what is the antonym of anxiety? The opposite of anxiety, he says, is “concrete.” As long as you make things specific, you won’t be anxious.
Yes, as soon as it is concrete, anxiety turns into a challenge. When a person finds a solution to a challenge, the anxiety disappears and is replaced by the toil of trying to solve the problem. Looking at it this way, the synonym of anxiety comes out, which is laziness of doing nothing.
I once saw the movie “Lion Boy”. The young man who loves lion dance has gone through untold hardships and finally found his master—the former lion dance master, now Xianyuqiang.
Xian Yuqiang used to be the prettiest boy in the local area. Because of the lion dance, he got a lot of limelight and won the hearts of beauties, so he married a beautiful wife.
His wife said: “What’s the use of lion dance? It can’t be eaten as food.”
This sentence killed his dream and made him honestly drive an electric car to sell salted fish.
Why can’t dreams be eaten? This is really a classic question.
When a teenager wants to learn lion dance, art, or acting, the elders will persuade him earnestly: Dreams should not be eaten.
However, if a teenager actively chooses to sell salted fish, or to be an accountant or a dentist, no one may tell him that his dreams cannot be eaten.
I also had a dream when I was a child: to be a poet. Like the lion dance boy, the elders would persuade me earnestly: dreams should not be eaten.
Of course, this kind of education is a failure. The more they persuade, the more rebellious the young people will be.
The problem is that the elders did not explain the economic logic clearly.
The key to whether dreams can be eaten is not the dream, but the need. Dreams with insufficient needs cannot be eaten. For example, lion dance is only needed by a few people during the festivals. The market demand is extremely low, and the profit is also extremely low. Unlike salted fish, many people come to buy it every day.
To extend it, now the main income of many bookstores has become selling coffee, why is this?
Because people can drink coffee every day, and they can drink a cup of coffee every time they sit in a bookstore with friends, but who will buy a book every day, who will buy a book every time they come to a bookstore?
Compared with the needs of consumers, dreams are not important. Only the needs of consumers can be eaten as food.
If your dream has a wide demand and a huge market, you should boldly pursue it, and the worst result will be to make a little less money. If your dream is like a lion dance boy, and the consumer demand is very low, you should be cautious.
Of course, supporting others to bravely pursue their dreams is almost a given. Many people will applaud you, praise you, and encourage you to chase your dreams boldly.
But you have to understand: Applause is not a need, likes and cheers are not a need, clenching your fists to cheer for you is not a need, and being moved to tears by your dreams is not a need, but willingness to pay is.
Dreams that others are willing to pay for can be eaten as food. Otherwise, dreaming is just an act of consumption.