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Wow. The irony of this situation is too wonderful. I’m sitting in my dorm overthinking how to write something that will grab your attention (did I do it? I thought that was creative). Overthinking is something that started for me when I was in middle school. I think that’s when it starts for a lot of people because that’s when we start to become woke. We start to understand that people can be really mean and judgmental, and to an 11-year-old, that is enough to make them start thinking about what they are doing wrong (even if they aren’t doing anything wrong). I’ve been overthinking most things since then. As my mother tells me, “You like to worry”, which is totally true, and I think it’s because I do overthink literally everything.
Overthinking has some advantages. I think it helps people be really creative because people who overthink think about ideas from as many perspectives as possible. This gives us more ideas on how to make the original idea better. It has helped me in school because it has made me a perfectionist. I’m always thinking about how to make assignments better, which often causes me to produce better work. I will say the exception to this is math. When you overthink in math, nothing gets done.
It has also helped me to become a more considerate person. The last thing I want to do with my words or my writing or anything I do is hurt someone, so I think a lot about how to get my points across without doing that.
The last positive about overthinking is that it makes me really socially aware. This semester, I’m taking a gender, sexuality, and women’s studies class, as well as a constitutional law class, both of which are very interesting, but also sad. It makes me aware of all the wrongs that happen in society on a scale I wasn’t thinking about before. The way I think and overthink about what I learn in these classes makes me not only aware of these issues, but forces me to think of the ways I can help as well as large scale solutions.
Of course, there are some downfalls to it as well, but if I over-thought the negative, that would just make me stress out, and possibly go insane. To all my fellow overthinkers, I know it can be super annoying, but try to only overthink the positive.