My Two Cents: Don’t worry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— As the saying goes, “Worrying is like riding a rocking horse. It keeps you busy, but it gets you nowhere.”

Believe me, I know it’s easier said than done. When you have an exam or project, it can be stressful. Sometimes, you can’t help but to worry.

And then the test comes and goes, and you’re left still worrying. You wonder if you studied enough. You can’t stop thinking about the answer you kept changing on question 13.

But trust me when I tell you this: All of that worrying will do nothing for you in the long run.

Please don’t confuse what I’m saying. By not worrying, I don’t mean not caring. Of course, you should care about how well you do in your classes and you should put in the effort needed to make a good grade.

But everything should come in moderation. When you cross the border and leave Caring to enter Worry, double-check your surroundings. It may be time to take a step back.

You may find yourself worrying about things that are out of your control. Maybe you’re worrying about things that have already happened and are begging to be moved on from. Whatever it is, take a breath and gain some perspective.

Often times, worrying doesn’t help anything. Worrying doesn’t change anything. What it does is prolong your stress and keep you from being more productive.

This is often the part where people start making excuses and saying they have to worry because they have things going on. The crazy thing is, though, there will always be something to worry about.

As long as you’re alive, problems will arise and one of two things will almost always happen. Either the problem is fixable, or it’s not.

If the problem can be fixed, there is no need to worry at all.

If it can’t, then worrying won’t do anything to help you anyways.

Taking time to ease your tensions and release all of that stress is essential. It’s just as essential as doing well on a test or finishing up a project. So many people, students especially, let stress rule their life.

Today, I’m asking you to take it back. Don’t worry.