It’s a bad idea to take life too seriously. A really bad idea.

If you do – take life too seriously – you will be severely and repeatedly disappointed. And that means you will be miserable.

Don’t just take my word for it. Try it. Get emotionally invested in everything you do. Get all worked up when things don’t go right. When things don’t go as planned. When things don’t go your way. Go ahead. Be my guest.

Be sure to let us know how that works out for you.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my work. I love my life. Which is precisely why you can’t take any of that too seriously. Because, if you do, you will destroy what you love.

Does that make any sense?

Whatever. It makes sense to me. Someday you’ll understand. Or not.

Now you may be thinking, how seriously is too seriously?

That’s something you’re going to have to figure out for yourself. It’s a feedback loop. If you’re getting all worked up a lot and it’s making you miserable, then you probably need to chill. Lighten up.

Whatever you do, don’t think, feel or act like anything you do matters in the overall scheme of things. Because, after all, nothing you do does. Matter. In the overall scheme of things. It just doesn’t.

So why get worked up about anything?

And therein lies the rub.

We don’t get worked up over stuff because we think things through logically. We get worked up over stuff emotionally. There’s no thinking involved. So the very notion of telling someone not to take things seriously is itself illogical, since it’s an emotional, not a logical, response.

In other words, none of this makes any sense. Which is exactly why you shouldn’t take your life too seriously. Because nothing you do matters in the overall scheme of things, you can’t do a thing about it, so why get yourself all stressed out for nothing in the first place?

Got all that?


Have a nice day.  

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