By Amy Arendse
Matric learner, Peer guide
“the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another”
At the beginning of the year Lara Harris gave the matric’s the advice to “Care Less”. I feel that we can all take something from this. What is important to know is that there is a difference between caring less and being careless. The one is to not care about the minimal things in life whereas the latter is to just be reckless; the former is what is important. They say call it the 5 by 5 rule - if it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it. That detention you got for getting 5 demerits, will it matter in 5 years time? Think to yourself, is it worth worrying over it for the rest of the day? Accept the consequence and move on; high school is tough enough, be selective over what you care about.
Reflecting back on our matric dance - it got me to think about this. Matrics, all those hours we spent looking for the right shoe, the right accessories or the right hairstyle you’d like for the matric dance, what does it all matter now? Yes, we had a magical evening but was it worth everything it put you through? We live in a world where we live for the now and care too much about materialistic things that are of no importance. Who cares if your nail-polish chipped? Who cares if your hair goes curly in the rain? It is not the end of the world if your boyfriend doesn’t reply to your texts immediately.
In today’s society we are all stressed; over big things, small things, ALL THINGS. So why not take some of that off of our chest? Take a breather from your busy life, sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. Get some sleep, take a nap or go to bed earlier. Most importantly, focus on what you can control and let go of what you can’t. A way to do that it to just care less, we can turn that care less into a stress less. I know it is easier said than done but it all starts with one change of mindset which leads into multiple changes.
This month I’ll be challenging myself to live by the 5 by 5 rule. Will you?