I’d say don’t worry, but I can tell you right now, you’re not going to stop doing that! And that’s okay. Worrying about things is okay. Sometimes it’s important to show someone you care. Sometimes it reminds you of the risk of doing something. Sometimes, it just allows you that little bit of extra time you need to put everything in to perspective and think clearly. But just remember why you worry. Remember to care.
But don’t worry about problems that don’t exist. The little things you or someone else has said or done that makes you think maybe it’s not right, maybe it’s not going to be okay. Chances are, that comment was said on a whim, in a moment, with no true meaning behind it. When you think about all the good bits, all the kind words, all the true emotions? There really was nothing to it.
Don’t worry about friends. I mean, worry about them if they’re having a tough time and you feel like you can’t help, but don’t worry about being a good friend. Show you care, put in effort, share the love you have for them, and they’ll know how important they are to you. And if they don’t show it back? Then don’t forget about every person in your life who does.
Don’t worry about failing or not achieving. You are doing well! You are achieving what you are capable of! You are working hard! Don’t let yourself think you’re any less that you are, don’t worry that you don’t match up to this person or that thing. Everyone is just making their path in the world. Stick to yours and do what you can and it will figure it out.
Don’t worry about things that are out of your control. Other people will make other decisions for themselves and that is okay. One day, maybe they’ll want or need your advice, just like you want and need there’s. Don’t forget, you’ve made mistakes or bad judgments and everything is fine right now. So will they.
Don’t worry about your baby brother! So he isn’t a baby any more! He’s doing pretty good now and is the sweetest, kindest nearly-15 year old boy around, don’t worry about him and the fact you don’t get to see him every day. You still love each other as much as you did the day he waved you off at university a year and a half ago. You’ll both survive!
Don’t worry about the choices you make. They might be wrong, even the big ones (ie. university course!!) but everything in your life is yours to choose and control and shape. There’s a way to do it, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first. Go with your gut and your heart, and sometimes your head, and if it doesn’t work out, something else will.
And finally, don’t worry about the things you love to do in your life. No matter what is going on every day, even if you don’t think about every single thing you love, it doesn’t mean you don’t care. Don’t worry if you can’t take the photos you wish you could, don’t worry if you can’t find time to blog and share, don’t worry if you can’t find the inspiration to write when you want to.
Everything will be fine. So don’t worry. Just care. A lot.