Anxious UCSD Student Realizes It’s OK To Do Absolutely Nothing And Relax

February 23rd, 2013 -San Diego, California

Last night, anxious UCSD student Samuel Reed who majors in neuroscience realized it is OK to do absolutely nothing at all and just relax. He  just sat in his studio apartment and listened to his favorite records such as Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, Get Off The Map and Bruisecaster without analyzing its lyrics, composition, melodic theory, production and the meaning of life. “What the fuck does ‘my heart is a pile of spinach, untouched and forgotten in the fridge’ mean?” Reed thought, but he just put down the thought and let it be. Then he realized that he has many great friends so he went out to a movie with them.


Since he started to going to UCSD, known for its brutal quarter system, his stress level was peaked out of the barometer. Besides the demanding school work, he was also working, dealing with his crazy sexual desire that is typical for males in early 20’s, struggling as a musician, worrying about the future, partying and drinking heavily. He started to have anxiety but he couldn’t smoke weed to calm down because weed tended to only makes it worse for him. So he got prescribed to anti-anxiety pill, drank a bottle of whiskey, got 2 tattoos, adopted a kitty from a high-kill shelter, masturbated and wrote 10 songs in a week just to calm down. “Dude, I feel crazy,” he told his best friend.

But something simple happened to Reed and calmed him down. “I don’t know how it happened, but I feel OK now. I just sort of put down all the worries I always carried around,” Reed says.

Anthropologist Victoria Grant says, “people who live in high speed high energy materialistic and competitive modern society are under tons of pressure. One of the evidences is that things like anxiety and loneliness are sometimes absent in indigenous society. Civilization is quite literally making people sick.”

There was an article in San Francisco Weekly earlier this year about a young man who committed suicide in public. There are tons of twitter feeds posted online while the man was on the ledge. But nobody tried to connect with him at the site to convince him to stop. Instead some vulgar people in the crowd yelled at him, “jump!” “We are in a ‘connected age,’ but we have to put our eyes away from the digital screen and learn how to slowly build a real communities where people can feel safe, home and connected,” Grant says.


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