Worrying And Caring Aren’t The Same

I have been investing far too much of my limited attention and emotional energy to the election the past several weeks. I’m listening to multiple podcasts each day, from the partisan to the journalistic. I’m reading the daily paper and checking my phone constantly with the expectation of some new bombshell revelation.

I need to stop.

Caring is not the same thing as worrying. Caring takes action–voting, canvassing, making calls. Worrying ferrets through the news in search of doom. Worrying studies up on every possible angle and launches arguments with friends who have learned less about emails or taxes or foundations or hacks.

Let’s try to worry less about the things we can’t control. If you care enough, go do something.