Mark Manson doesn’t give a fuck:
In life, our fucks must be spent on something. There really is no such thing as not giving a fuck. The question is simply how we each choose to allot our fucks. You only get a limited number of fucks to give over your lifetime, so you must spend them with care. As my father used to say, “Fucks don’t grow on trees, Mark.” OK, he never actually said that. But fuck it, pretend like he did. The point is that fucks have to be earned and then invested wisely. Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.
I haven’t read something that has resonated so much with me in a long time.
Manson is absolutely right. As I get older, I give less and less of a fuck about the shit that doesn’t matter in life. With maturity has come the ability to distinguish between things that are worth my time and those that are not.
I’ve had far from a rough life, but certain events have changed my perspective on how to give fucks. Being at my mother’s bedside while she died of cancer in 2013 stands out most prominently in my brain. That made me realize how little time we have on this little planet.
I best give out fucks wisely with the time I have left.