11 things you should stop worrying about today (because life is too short)

When it comes to savoring life, I’m reminded of a profound quote from Lord Jesus Christ: “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (NKJ).

It’s a wake-up call, isn’t it? Life’s too short for unnecessary worries, especially over things that won’t matter in the grand scheme. It’s high time for a shift, a decision to let go of those petty concerns and truly relish life.

So, let’s embark on a journey to identify the 11 things you can kick out of your worry list today. Trust me, I’ve been there. By the end of this, my hope is that you’ll feel a bit lighter, a bit more focused on what truly matters, and ready to embrace the joy life has to offer. 

1) Other people’s opinions

We all care about what others think of us to some extent. It’s natural. But there’s a limit to how much it should affect our lives. Remember this: You can’t please everyone. No matter how hard you try, someone will always have something negative to say.

So why worry about it? Why let other people’s opinions dictate your happiness?

It’s time to let go of that worry. Live your life the way you want to, do what makes you happy, and don’t let anyone else’s opinion affect your peace of mind.

After all, it’s your life, not theirs. Live it for you.

2) Past mistakes

We’ve all messed up. Big or small, those mistakes can stick with us and haunt us. But here’s the thing: dwelling on past mistakes doesn’t change them; it just takes up your today.

Instead of beating yourself up over something you did or didn’t do in the past, why not learn from it? Every mistake is a lesson in disguise.

Use your past as a guide, not a jail cell. Learn from it, grow from it, but don’t let it keep you stuck. Remember, today is a new day and life is too short to live in the past. You’ve got the present to enjoy and a future to look forward to!

3) The perfect time

I used to always wait for the “perfect” time to do things. Start a new project, take a trip, even start eating healthier. But I realized that waiting for the perfect time often meant I was waiting forever.

There’s never going to be a perfect time for most things. Life is unpredictable and messy. Waiting for the perfect moment could mean missing out on fantastic opportunities.

So I decided to stop waiting and start doing. And you know what? It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Don’t let the fear of imperfection hold you back. Take the plunge, make that move, start that project. Life is too short to be stuck in the ‘waiting for the perfect moment’ cycle.

4) The future

It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about the future. What if things don’t work out? What if you fail? What if, what if, what if…

But did you know that according to a study conducted by the University of Cincinnati, about 85% of what we worry about never actually happens? And even when our fears do come true, we handle them much better than we thought we would about 80% of the time.

The future is uncertain, and that’s okay. It’s a part of life. Instead of constantly worrying about it, embrace it. Use your energy to plan and prepare, not worry and stress.

5) Not being good enough

In a world that seems to constantly push the idea of perfection, it’s easy to feel like you’re not good enough. But here’s a heartfelt truth: You are enough, just as you are.

This doesn’t mean you should stop trying to improve or grow as a person. But it does mean that you should stop beating yourself up for not being perfect.

The most beautiful things in life are often imperfect. They’re real, they’re raw, and they’re true. Just like you.

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6) Fitting in

I used to spend a lot of time worrying about fitting in, trying to mold myself into what I thought others wanted me to be. It was exhausting, and honestly, it never really worked.

One day, I realized the people I admired most were those who stood out, not because they were trying to, but because they were just being themselves.

So, I decided to stop trying so hard to fit in and instead focused on being true to myself. It was liberating.

Bottom line is: Don’t worry about fitting in. The right people will appreciate and love the real you. Be genuine, be kind, be you. Life is too short to spend it pretending to be someone else.

7) Money

Let’s be real, money worries are a common part of life. We need it to pay bills, put food on the table, and fund our dreams. But here’s the raw truth: Money isn’t everything.

Sure, it’s important. It makes things easier and more comfortable. But it doesn’t buy happiness. It doesn’t buy love, friendship, or memories.

Obsessing over every penny won’t make you richer, it’ll just make you more stressed. Focus on making a living, sure, but don’t forget to make a life too.

8) Ageing

It’s a fact of life – we’re all getting older. But did you know that worrying about ageing can actually make you age faster? According to research, those who had more positive perceptions of ageing lived an average of 7.5 years longer than those who did not.

Instead of worrying about getting older, embrace it. Every age brings with it new experiences, wisdom, and opportunities.

Age is just a number; it doesn’t define your worth or capabilities. Don’t let it hold you back or cause you stress. Life is too short to be worried about something as natural as ageing. Celebrate every year, every wrinkle, and every grey hair – they’re signs of a life well-lived!

9) Social media comparisons

Here’s the scoop: Life is too short to compare your real life to someone else’s online persona. Enjoy your journey, at your pace, without comparison. It’s liberating.

I used to scroll through my social media feeds and compare my life to everyone else’s. I’d see their perfectly decorated homes, their amazing vacations, or their seemingly perfect relationships, and I’d feel like my life fell short.

But then I realized something important: Social media is a curated highlight reel. It’s not a full depiction of anyone’s life.

So, I stopped comparing. I started using social media less and living more. And guess what? Slowly but steadily, I began to find joy in my own journey, viewing life through my own lens instead of someone else’s Instagram-perfect version of life.

10) Failure

Failure. Even the word can make us cringe. We’re conditioned to see failure as a bad thing, something to be ashamed of. But here’s the raw truth: failure is just a part of the journey.

Every successful person has failed at some point. Failure isn’t the end of the road, it’s a stepping stone on the path to success. It’s a teacher, a guide, a testament to trying.

Don’t fear failure, learn from it. Life is too short to let the fear of failure stop you from chasing your dreams.

11) What you can’t control

Life is unpredictable. Things happen that we can’t control: weather, traffic, other people’s actions. Worrying about these things won’t change them, it’ll just drain your energy and happiness.

Learning to let go of what you can’t control is liberating. It allows you to focus on what you can control: your actions, your responses, your attitude.

Life is too short to stress over things out of your control. Let go, breathe, and focus on what really matters. You’ll find life becomes a lot more enjoyable when you do.

Live the let-go life

Hey there, as you mull over those 11 things you can kick to the curb today, just remember: life’s way too short to let worries steal your joy.

Why not seize the moment, soak in the gratitude, and let go of the unnecessary baggage? Direct your energy towards things that light you up, whether it’s chasing fulfillment, nurturing relationships, or crafting memories that stick.

So break free from the chains of unnecessary worries and let each passing moment unfold its beauty. Here’s to shedding those needless worries and stepping into a brighter, more enjoyable version of life!

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Ava Sinclair

Ava Sinclair is a former competitive athlete who transitioned into the world of wellness and mindfulness. Her journey through the highs and lows of competitive sports has given her a unique perspective on resilience and mental toughness. Ava’s writing reflects her belief in the power of small, daily habits to create lasting change.

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