the anxiety seemed like an indulgence

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Jonathan was in the kitchen and there was the smell of coffee and toast. For years this had seemed unattainable: a companion, a shared home, love. Matthew thought he was the most fortunate man in the world and the anxiety and insomnia of the night before seemed like an indulgence.
Source: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

How can anxiety and insomnia seem like an indulgence? No one revels in anxiety and insomnia.

Thank you.
  • S1m0n

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    As far as the stiff-upper-lip british are concerned, every emotion is an indulgence.
    They're wrong, as you (and likely the author) point out, but this is a widely held view within the culture.
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