Don’t Worry

Writers are each other’s best sources of wisdom. When I am stuck I often find the best thing to do is shut the laptop and pick up a book.
The following is an excerpt from letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter, Scottie, at Princeton. Written in 1933, his advice remains sound.

Things not to worry about:
Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitos
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

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