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“Why do people worry? This is a question that has puzzled poets, psychologists, and philosophers alike. The great Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, believed that the natural world held the key to understanding human nature and the emotions that drive us. In his poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” he wrote of the “daffodils, fluttering and dancing in the breeze,” and how they lifted his spirits and chased away his worries.

Similarly, contemporary psychologist Jordan Peterson argues that our worries stem from a deep-seated need for order and meaning in our lives. He believes that by facing and overcoming our fears, we can find purpose and fulfillment in life. In his book “12 Rules for Life,” he writes, “Stand up straight with your shoulders back. Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping.” In other words, he believes that by taking control of our thoughts and actions, we can overcome our worries and live a more fulfilling life.

Finally, playwright Alan Bennett, in his play “The Lady in the Van,” explores the idea that people worry about things because they are afraid of change and the unknown. The character of Miss Shepherd, a homeless woman who lives in a van parked on Bennett’s driveway, is a representation of this fear. She clings to her van and her possessions because they are the only things she knows and the only things that give her a sense of security.

In conclusion, people worry about things because of a variety of reasons, as the poets, psychologist, and playwright have shown us. Whether it is a desire for order and meaning, a fear of change, or simply a need for security, we all experience worry at some point in our lives. But, as Wordsworth, Peterson, and Bennett remind us, it is possible to overcome our worries and find joy and fulfillment in life.”

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