Yesterday I found this article on my Flipboard app – if you don’t feel like reading it, it’s about the best life advice from Jack Kerouac. I have never read any of his work but I did spend the last few minutes or so googling his bio and famous quotes.
I have two favourite quotes of his (that may even urge me to pick up a copy of his books).
“…we all must admit that everything is fine and there’s no need in the world to worry, and in fact we should realize what it would mean to us to UNDERSTAND that we’re not REALLY worried about ANYTHING.” – The Dharma Bums
How true that is. So many times in life we make ourselves worried, angry, or depressed. So many times we make lists in our head (or even write them down), we stress about saving money (or spending too much), we worry about how we look and what our future looks like, we make a Da Vinci’s code out of what someone says to us because they must have meant something more when they told you “You look great tonight!”.
When things are going great, we think of all the possible things that could go wrong. When things aren’t going well, we think of ways that they can get WORSE. Most times, we really don’t have ANYTHING to worry about – and yet we worry. We make ourselves sick with anxiety and depression for absolutely no reason. This needs to stop.
“UNDERSTAND that we’re not REALLY worried about ANYTHING”.