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Stop obsessing over problems, avoid missing out

•Caroline Stiefbold

•Caroline Stiefbold

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Hear me out, no choice we make actually matters. This realization could be blamed on a sleepy, strawberry acai refresher induced existential crisis, but I think there’s some truth trapped in it.

What I’m trying to say, is that no matter what happens, we’re going to be okay. We have to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves.

Sixth months ago, I couldn’t imagine being where I am now. To be completely honest, I thought that some freak accident would happen before I actually had to commit to college. I thought that there were people I couldn’t live without and I thought that One Direction would already be back together.

After months and months of freaking out over my future and passing classes and saying the right thing all the time and making people like me and not fainting in speech and getting a newspaper out every month, everything’s basically over. And I’m just fine.

I’ve been so scared to make a wrong decision. To lose a math assignment and never pass. To mess up a story and never be trusted to write another. To find a spelling error in my common app essay and not make it into a single school. The thing is, I’ve made all of these mistakes and yet, things are going better than I hoped they would in the first place.

The pressure we put on ourselves isn’t worth it. We have to stop missing opportunities out of fear that we’re going to fail at them because realistically, whatever individual choice we’re making probably won’t affect us all that much.

As long as we’re making generally acceptable decisions (ie: not murdering someone or being purposely self destructive), we don’t need to obsess over every tiny potential mistake because we’ll miss out. And I think that’s even scarier.

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