There was a time I gave f*cks right and left, and it was depressing. I was younger then, and I often cared way too much about things that would count for nothing in the end.

And so, being under stress and anxiety became a regular thing for me. Life was winning, but I was losing big time. But then I started to mature, and for once, I realized that not everything in my life required an emotional reaction.

I was finally aware of why I went through so many difficult times – I was giving f*cks where none were needed.

My reward? I was always the victim.

People would stress me, situations would depress me, and every other minor challenge in life would leave me a wreck. I wish I knew what I know now, those days would have been happier. Oh well, that’s in the past. Best of all, I know better now than I did then.

After going through all this pain, I realize three things, and I carry them with me even today: first, some situations and things in life are not worth the effort or the concern, secondly, you get to make the calls in life, and lastly, you decide the number of f*cks to give in whatever situation you face.

As far as I am concerned, there are five things you should no longer give a damn about, and you will be better off for it.

1. Material Things

When you mature, you realize that all that stuff you chase like your life depends on it doesn’t really matter in the end or have an impact on your happiness. When it’s all said and done, true happiness wells up from within. So, focus on things that can make you happy, such as the moments you spend with loved ones. These intangible treasures will always be with you, even after you lose all the stuff you call your own in this world.

2. Social Media Popularity

Unless you are getting a paycheck for the likes you get on your social media pages, it’s not something you should worry too much about. Find more important things to occupy your life, things that actually change your life for the better.

3. What People Think

Everyone has an opinion. So, get over the fact that some people will have bad things to say about you – it will only invite a world of stress into your life. Focus on living your life, and let them live theirs, there is nothing you can do about it.

4. Failure

In life, you will win some battles and lose others – it’s an inevitable reality of life. So, there is no need to throw yourself a pity party whenever something doesn’t pan out. If anything, you should be happy you tried because it is only by trying that you actually meet with success. So, get up after that setback and keep forging forward.

5. Gossip

Idle minds love to gossip. These small-minded individuals have nothing better to do than speak ill of others in their absence. That is why they should be the least of your worries since the right people will be busy doing things that matter in life, not gossiping about nonsense.

At the end of the day, your life is in your hands. So, don’t stress and give f*cks about stuff that does not matter and never will. Forget the small worries of life and focus on true happiness, that is what life is all about. Life is to be lived, not to be suffered through. So, until you stop worrying yourself to death over everything, you will never truly live and be happy.