10 things to stop worrying about (because they don’t matter in the long run)

We all know life can be tricky sometimes, right?

We often find ourselves worrying about little things that happen every day.

This could be something someone said, worries about the future, or just thinking too much about small everyday things.

But here’s some good news – most of these things aren’t important in the long run!

In this article, we’re going to chat about 10 things that you really don’t need to worry about.

These are things that won’t matter much when you look back at them later in life.

So, sit back and get ready to stop worrying about stuff that doesn’t really matter.

Let’s lighten your worry load together. 

1. Other people’s opinions

First on our list: other people’s judgments and opinions about you.

Let’s be honest, we all care to some extent about what others think of us. It’s natural.

But when we start to worry excessively about it, it can be harmful and distracting.

Remember, you can’t please everyone, and that’s okay!

It’s important to understand that everyone is entitled to their own perspectives.

Their judgments often say more about them than about you. What really matters is how you see yourself.

So, focus on being true to yourself, stand up for what you believe in, and live your life the way you want.

In the long run, the opinions of others won’t matter nearly as much as your own well-being and happiness.

2. Making Mistakes

Whether it’s a minor blunder at work or a misunderstanding with a friend, we’ve all been there.

But here’s the thing – it’s okay to mess up sometimes. In fact, it’s more than okay – it’s human.

Mistakes are a natural part of life and are often our best teachers. They provide us with valuable lessons and experiences that shape us and help us grow.

Instead of worrying about making mistakes, try to see them as opportunities for learning and improvement.

Remember, no one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. What matters in the long run is not the mistake itself but how you learn and bounce back from it.

So give yourself the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them without worry!

3. Not Being Good Enough

This is a worry that has crept into my life more times than I can count.

Whether it was during my school years, feeling like I wasn’t smart enough or in my adult life, doubting my abilities at work.

But here’s the truth, it’s a worry that isn’t worth your time.

The feeling of not being good enough is subjective and usually self-imposed.

It arises from comparing ourselves to others and setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves.

But guess what? You are good enough just as you are.

Take it from me; during my early career, I used to worry about whether I was good enough for my job.

It took me a while to realize that this worry was only holding me back from performing at my best.

Once I let go of this fear and started to believe in my abilities, things started looking up.

In the long run, what truly matters is doing your best, learning, growing, and understanding that you are enough just as you are.

So stop worrying about not being good enough – because you are. 

4. Aging

Here’s an undeniable fact: everyone ages.

Yet, so many of us worry about the wrinkles appearing on our face or the grey hairs showing up.

But did you know that many cultures around the world view aging as something to be celebrated?

For instance, in Okinawa, Japan – known for its high number of centenarians – aging is seen as a sign of wisdom and experience.

Growing older is a part of life’s natural progression.

Rather than worrying about the physical changes that come with aging, focus on the experiences you gain with each passing year.

Embrace the wisdom, memories, and personal growth that come with age.

In the long run, it’s not the number of wrinkles or grey hairs that matter; it’s the life you’ve lived, the people you’ve loved, and the experiences you’ve had.

Let’s stop worrying about aging and start celebrating it!

5. The Past

Another thing that tends to consume our worry banks is the past.

We often agonize over past decisions, mistakes, and experiences, wondering “what if” and “if only.”

But here’s a heartfelt reality check: no amount of worry can change the past.

Your past, with all its ups and downs, has shaped you into the person you are today.

Every experience, every decision, every triumph, and every failure has contributed to your personal growth and understanding of the world.

While it’s important to learn from the past, it’s equally important not to let it consume your present.

In the long run, what matters is not what you did or didn’t do in the past, but what you choose to do now.

Each new day presents a fresh opportunity to learn, grow and make better choices. So let’s leave the past where it belongs – behind us – and focus on making the most of today.

6. The Future

Admittedly, I’ve spent countless nights tossing and turning, worrying about the future.

Questions like “Will I achieve my goals?”, “Will I be happy?”, or “What if things don’t work out?” have often plagued me.

But over time, I’ve realized that worrying about the future won’t make it any clearer or more certain.

The future is essentially unknown territory.

While it’s important to have plans and goals, it’s equally important to understand that the future isn’t always in our control.

Worrying about it won’t change what’s destined to happen but will rob you of the joy of living in the present.

In the long run, it’s not the certainty of the future that matters but how we live our lives in the present.

7. Fitting In

Trying to fit in is a common worry for most of us. We tweak, twist, and often contort ourselves into shapes that are barely recognizable just to fit into a certain group, job or society’s expectations.

But, frankly, it’s exhausting and not worth your peace of mind.

You weren’t born to fit in; you were born to stand out. Your individuality is what makes you unique and special. It’s what sets you apart from the crowd.

If you spend your life trying to fit in, you’ll lose out on discovering who you truly are.

In the long run, fitting in won’t matter as much as being true to yourself will.

So ditch the worry about fitting in, embrace your individuality, and let your true self shine. 

8. Money

Money is one of those things we all tend to worry about. It’s understandable – we need money to survive and live comfortably.

But an interesting fact to remember is that beyond a certain point, more money doesn’t necessarily equate to more happiness.

A Princeton study found that emotional well-being rises with income up to about $75,000 per year, but there’s no significant increase beyond that.

While it’s essential to manage your finances responsibly and plan for the future, it’s equally important not to let money worries consume you.

Remember, money is a means to an end, not an end in itself. It can buy comfort and convenience, but it cannot buy genuine happiness or peace of mind.

In the long run, what will matter more than the size of your bank account are the relationships you’ve built, the experiences you’ve had, and the person you’ve become.

So let’s shift our focus from worrying about money to creating meaningful and fulfilling lives. 

9. Perfection

I’ve struggled with this one quite a bit: the pursuit of perfection.

Be it in my work, my appearance, or even the way I organize my home, I used to strive for things to be ‘perfect’.

But here’s what I’ve learned: perfection is an impossible standard. It’s a moving goal post that often leads to stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction.

The truth is, there’s no such thing as “perfect”. What might seem perfect to one person might be imperfect to another. Perfection is a subjective concept that varies from person to person.

Over time, I’ve realized that it’s not about achieving perfection, but about giving your best and being contented with the outcome.

It’s about embracing your imperfections and understanding that they make you who you are.

In the long run, striving for perfection won’t matter as much as embracing your unique self and living a fulfilling life.

Remember, it’s our quirks and flaws that make us human and relatable.

10. What You Can’t Control

Finally, let’s get real about something we all do: worrying about things we can’t control.

From the weather to traffic, from other people’s actions to global events, there’s a whole range of things we have no control over.

Yet, we let these situations consume our minds and drain our energy.

But here’s the raw truth: worrying about things you can’t control is like trying to catch the wind – it’s futile.

Instead of wasting your time and energy on things beyond your control, focus on what you can control – your actions, your reactions, your mindset.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not the uncontrollable events but how you respond to them that truly matters.

So there you have it—ten common worries that, in the end, won’t matter much in the long run.

It’s high time we shift our focus from these worries and concentrate on living our best lives, filled with joy, growth, and fulfillment.

After all, life is too short to be spent worrying about things that don’t truly matter!

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Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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