What do you do when you realize no one around you care about you as much as you do? Nothing, yep nothing, because when you realize that, you become free. Free from trying to please people too much. Free from seeing them as a person that is relevant in your life. That is the greatest thing you can learn and gain from people around you, the freedom of self.
So who should you care about? Everyone really, just because they do not care about you as much as you want does not mean you should become cold. That is counterproductive and does not help you. That only fosters bitterness. In these times we all should learn to care about people.
But what you should not do is extend or exhaust yourself too much to someone’s benefit. Or simply care too much about someone who does not care.
That would be great for that person, not so much for you. The freedom you should implement in your life is that you can do “you” as much as you like. Freedom of Self, do what you want, when you need, how you like. You do not have to consider others in your planning unless they should be involved.
Even then you should ask what you want out of life and your actions. Keep this in mind at all times. If you are not benefiting in some way then why are you doing it? That is the question right there. People will only care as much as they desire to. Give as much care as they do, If they do not care, then do not give too much of your energy towards them.
That goes for family too, granted it sounds cold. But even your family members can take advantage of that privilege you give them as family and have you wondering where the trust went. To be truly free, remember yourself. Put yourself first, remember you are the most relevant thing in your world.
That is not narcissism that is confidence.
David Shaw is a certified nerd and scum of the earth. Jamaican by birth, he enjoys long walks and the simple things in life. He is also an entrepreneur, writer and graphic designer. Support him on Patreon Check out his work on his website or follow his mundane madness on twitter @davidcs_aw, google, pinterest