(150 words) Eeyoreism

“Eeyoreism?”

“Eeyoreism. Going to the gym so I wouldn’t be fat. Going to work so I wouldn’t be evicted. Always painting obstacles in my life as bleak as possible. ‘Nobody will want to date me if I’m fat, so I guess I’ll go to the gym’ , ‘I guess I’ll never love my job, so I’ll just go clock in and collect the paycheck like everyone else.’ Once I figured out I was doing that, it became a choice. I go to the gym to be healthier, not to live up to anyone else’s measurement. I quit my job and went and found a job I actually enjoy doing. and so on.”

“I’ll be fine, nobody will worry about me. I’m just fine. I’ll be okay….”

“Exactly.”

“Just for the record though, I think you’ve gone from Eeyore all they way to Tigger.”