Yes, worries seem to have a life of their own. They bubble up, splitting and reproducing like cells, until I’m overflowing. Worry morphs into anxiety. Then, when things turn out all right, and there is no longer reason to worry, there is a brief lull until the worry fixates on something else.
In his book, The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It, author David A. Carbonell writes, “Worry predictions aren’t based on what’s likely to happen. They’re based on what would be terrible if it did happen. They’re not based on probability – they’re based on fear.”
Reminds me of the time I flew to Canada for a family visit. Before the flight I bought a lottery ticket and flight insurance.