There Are Few Actual Tigers in Our Lives

Samantha Stein
3 min readMar 4, 2022

Anxiety, at its core, is about the future. We can’t worry about the past — it has already happened. We also can’t worry about the present moment — if we are oriented to the present, we are aware that we are here, alive, and the future hasn’t happened yet. Thus whether it be 30 seconds from now or 30 years from now, when we are worried or fearful, we are concerned about what is going to happen — what hasn’t happened yet.

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Samantha Stein

I’m a writer, photographer, and psychologist who (monthly) explores self, relationships, and mental health in an ever-changing world.