I recently finished reading Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?, and you ALL should read it. Like, I read it in two days commuting to work and literally burst out laughing so people on the train thought I was crazy. You should also read her first book, all her tweets, and anything else she has ever written ever. Mindy is someone I respect a whole lot, and I feel so lucky to have a funny person who isn’t a size zero as a role model. In her newest book, she brings up a list of questions and concerns called “4am Worries.” I related to a lot of them (I will never have a husband and all of my female acquaintances will) and laughed at others (Why was there so much hair in the shower drain? Am I going bald? Will I need to invest in a wig?).
As someone who regularly cannot fall asleep because I’m too busy picturing worst-case-scenarios and wondering what I’m doing with my life, I have my own list of 4am worries.
Will I ever be able to afford a house?
Why don’t I have a boyfriend? Do I even want a boyfriend?
What if I wait too long to get married and my dad won’t be there to walk me down the aisle?
What if I wait too long to have kids and neither of my parents are here anymore?
Do I have the Alzheimer’s gene?
What if my friends stop wanting to be friends with me?
What is a 401k? What is social security? How does a mortgage work? Do I need to hire an accountant to do my taxes? Is it OK that I’m 22 and my dad still does them for me?
Did I pay my credit card bill on time?