If there is one thing I wish I would have done less of in the past, it would be worrying.
Worrying about finances.
Worrying about what other people thought of me.
Worrying about whether or not I was as successful as a friend or family member when they were my age.
Worrying about the future…in general.
On the surface, worrying is a good sign. Because it means you actually care. You’re not just letting life roll over you…you want to control your future! You care enough to spend time thinking and mulling over it!
Worrying is toxic though. It can distract you from finding joy in the journey. It can paralyze you. It can eat away at you.
What you’ll eventually find is that worrying about things that are out of your control is just a complete waste of time and effort. It does no good.
Worrying about things that are UNDER your control is pointless as well! Better to just get up and DO something about it. That’s the solution.
Don’t waste precious time worrying. Enjoy life. Enjoy the struggle and the challenge, enjoy the unknown and the mystery of the future. Apply yourself to the best of your ability every day.
If you go to sleep at night, proud of the work you have done, then you shouldn’t worry. Everything will be ok. Your future is secure.
You know what it’s like to go to bed at night feeling that the day was not productive, that you got too distracted and avoided the work you know you needed to do. That’s what will fuel your worry. Avoid that.
Go to bed feeling like you did everything in your power to become 1% better that day. That should be your goal and that’s what will stop worry.
Is it under your direct control? Do something about it. No need to worry. Let your preparedness meet opportunity. All you can do is your best and most of the time that’s enough.
Is it out of your direct control? Its literally pointless to worry about it then. During that day, do your best, hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and forget the rest. It will be what it will be, and you should be determined to enjoy the challenge and learn as much from it as you can. It will temper you. It will make you a better person. It’s honestly a gift.
Seriously, CHILL. Enjoy life in every way you can in all its terrible and amazing glory.
You will regret looking back on your life and all the hours you spent worrying about a future that…really was better than you expected it would turn out to be.
Have a good one, Successful Dropouts.