Anxiety can sometimes mean that we care about something. While that’s true, it’s not the best kind of caring. Anxiety costs us energy and that energy is not without a limit. A better form of energy that demonstrates care is preparation. If we care enough about something, we will be thoughtful about it. “Winging it” is stressful because you never know how something will turn out. It will probably be ok but you don’t know. Thoughtful preparation allows us to consider the possible outcomes and think about the different ways you can respond. It takes more energy than most people are willing to give before an event. Anxiety is a much more passive form of care and doesn’t require action, only thought. These thoughts are usually negative thoughts about the worst possible outcome. Preparation considers the negative outcomes but also the positive ones. As the event gets closer, more data is available that helps narrow down potential outcomes.