The New Years season is a time of optimism and renewal, but I have to confess these days to having a small host of anxieties. I mean, they aren’t eating me up or anything, but these little, everyday things often preoccupy me:
- Is my son, Owen, warm enough at night? Is he getting enough to eat?
- What if something happened to me or Deena, and he was left without a father or mother?
- One day Owen will have a driver’s license, and then I’ll be worried about him dying in a car accident. (And why am I worrying about stuff like this before it’s time?)
- Owen’s head is still big and fragile, and I just know I’m going to accidentally brain him on a door frame one day.
- What if the U.S. government defaults on its debt and goes belly up?
- Will I stay healthy and live to an old age?
- Will Owen be able to protect himself from all the screwballs of the world?
- Will the publishing industry ever resume taking chances on midlist writers?
And, of course, my number-one preoccupation:
- Will the News Leader ever become a good newspaper?
I would much rather have anxieties concerning the meaning of existence. (Will Ludwigsen has an entertaining blog post today about cosmic horror that’s worth reading.)
I guess this is all part and parcel of being a new father. In the meantime, all I can do is prepare the best I can: buy insurance, exercise, save money, and enroll the boy in a decent martial arts program once he’s old enough.