Every time the Internet goes down, I panic and catastrophize the situation, always assuming one of the following:
- Someone who hates me hacked my computer and/or sent me a virus so I can’t get Internet access.
- My computer is broken.
- My computer is broken because someone who hates me sent me a virus that destroyed my hard drive.
- My computer is broken because someone hacked it and I will never be able to afford a new one.
Of course, it’s none of these things. The Internet and my computer are both fine; last night Charter was just down for a few hours. But of course, in my mind, it can’t ever be something minor and temporary. It always has to be catastrophic and permanent.