As someone who has and is dealing with anxiety, I am always reverting to the standard response to those around me who ask, “how are you?” or “how are you feeling?” – I always respond with “I’m fine.” In most cases, it blows over and we move along although deep down inside I am screaming, wanting to tell more but too afraid to open up even just a little because I do not want to impose on others. This conversation from The Italian Job depicts how I really feel inside when I say, “I’m fine.”
John Bridger: I feel so optimistic. How do you feel?
Charlie Croker: [shrugging] I’m fine.
John Bridger: Fine? You know what “fine” stands for, don’t you?
Charlie Croker: Yeah, unfortunately.
John Bridger: Freaked out…
Charlie Croker: Insecure…
John Bridger: Neurotic…
Charlie Croker: And Emotional.
Is there more to it than just being Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional? Is there a tangible line between being “FINE,” and really being fine?