Why have I lived so much of my life in my head?
And why did I let it bother me when people pointed that out?
It’s the plight of the overthinkers, the private battles of the mind.
Being introspective doesn’t make you weak. It means you have a rich inner world. It means you have the capacity for great thoughts. It means you like trying things on for size.
I think that others might worry about this because we’ve been indoctrinated to show how great we are, at all times, in all places.
But that kind of behavior leads to arrogance, a kind of false pride that is dangerous.
There is much to be said for the contemplative life. Great plans can be worked out in the mind. Thought experiments have helped many a man and woman before they unleashed their talents on the world. Being introspective is potent in the force that it carries to impact your mental state, which, in turn, can affect your behavior.
It’s silly to think of introspection as a bad thing. Sure, too much overthinking can lead to trouble, but how often do you have to plan your action in your head before you do something? You do it all the time.
There’s the chance that overthinking leads to anxiety, so be mindful of that. If it’s affecting your quality of life, it’s too much. But keep it in balance, and you can learn to paint bright landscapes in your mind.