Erickson is the creator of Severance, an acclaimed Apple TV+ series that just got nominated for a bevvy of Emmys. He\’s currently working on the show\’s second season, and he\’s already picturing the worst: headlines about disappointed viewers, articles analysing his ineptitude, reviews pronouncing \”the biggest precipitous drop-off in quality in the history of television.\”
It\’s no secret that anxiety is rampant in our society. We live in a world where we\’re constantly bombarded with news and social media, where we\’re expected to be \”on\” all the time. It\’s no wonder that so many of us struggle with anxiety daily.
For some people, anxiety can be so debilitating that it interferes with their ability to live a normal life. And for others, it can manifest itself in what Dan Erickson calls \”anxiety daydreams.\”
It\’s natural for Erickson to feel anxious about the upcoming season of Severance. But what\’s not natural is how society tries to protect us from our anxiety. We live in a world where we\’re constantly bombarded with news and social media, where we\’re expected to be \”on\” all the time. It\’s no wonder that so many of us struggle with anxiety daily.
And yet, instead of trying to help us cope with our anxiety, our society often tries to protect us from it. We banish it to the shadows, where it festers and grows. We tell ourselves that we\’re not allowed to feel anxious, that it\’s somehow weakness or lack of faith.
But what if we started to see anxiety not as something to be feared or avoided but as something to be embraced? What if we saw it as a powerful force that can shape and transform our lives?
It\’s time for us to start seeing anxiety not as an enemy but as a friend. It\’s time for us to start using our concerns to our advantage. And that\’s exactly what Dan Erickson is doing.
Erickson is using his anxiety to fuel his creativity. He\’s using it to push himself to create a second season of Severance that is even better than the first. He\’s using it to motivate him to continue striving for excellence, even in the face of daunting odds.
And that\’s something we can all learn from. So next time you\’re feeling anxious, don\’t try to push it away. Embrace it. Use it to your advantage. Let it inspire you to do great things.
What do you think? Is anxiety a friend or foe? How do you use your anxiety to your advantage? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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