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I Don't Care

Most people consider that a negative (often, a very negative) phrase. Uttering I don’t care implies that you’re giving up or that you’re a callous person.

In some situations, though, saying I don’t care is very appropriate.

You shouldn’t care about what others think about you or about your choices.

You shouldn’t care about the expectations that other hold for you.

You shouldn’t care about the majority of your critics.

You shouldn’t care about following the latest trends and fads and fashions.

None of those things, and I’m sure that there are plenty more, have any bearing on what’s right for you. In many cases, they’ll hold you back or steer you down the wrong path. They’ll put you into situation in which you won’t be fulfilled or happy.

And if you let the opinions, expectations, and criticism of others affect you, you’re giving those other folks far too much power over you and your life and your choices than they should have. And I’m not just talking about complete strangers. I’m talking about family, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers.

Few, if any of those people, care about what you do. Few, if any of them, really want to help you, no matter what they say. They might try to reason with you. To change your mind. To steer you in the right direction.

They have opinions. They think they’re entitled to express those opinions. They aren’t.

You need to build a wall that blocks out those opinions. That blocks out those criticisms. That blocks out those expectations. And the best way I’ve found to do that is to say I don’t care.

But you shouldn’t just say it. You should believe it.

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