Why This Ancient Philosophy Will Make You Stop Giving So Many F*cks

Elumar De Sa
2 min readJan 9, 2024

Look, I’m just gonna be real with you for a minute: modern life is hard as hell. We’re constantly stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious. Our minds are nonstop hamster wheels of worry. And we can’t even drown our sorrows on Instagram without some perfectly filtered reminder that everyone else’s life is cooler. Am I right?

So here’s the thing: the ancient philosophy of Stoicism has some damn good insights that can help you chill TF out. I know, philosophy sounds boring as bat crap. But stay with me…

The Stoics lived good lives by being virtuous and just accepting what they couldn’t control. And while they wore bedsheets and sandals, their wisdom still applies.

So try this. When you start your day, instead of dreading all the BS ahead, imagine it’s training to get mentally ripped. Those obstacles are making you stronger, like a badass Roman gladiator.

When someone’s busting your chops at work or your whiny kid is giving you attitude, see it as a chance to practice being calm. Take a breath and respond with compassion. The Stoics called this “flipping the script on crappy situations.”

And when life inevitably takes a dump on your plans, ask yourself: “How important is this really?” A canceled vacation or bad hair day sucks but it’s not the end of the damn world. Keep things in perspective, homie.

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it, and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” — Marcus Aurelius

Focus only on what you can control: your own mindset, values and actions. Forget about money, fame, and your follower count. Inner peace starts from within, so look in the mirror.

Reflect each day: Did you stay true to yourself and handle things well? How can you improve? Self-analysis leads to wisdom, my friend.

The bottom line: Stoicism is old AF but still has value. Put its principles into action and you’ll be on your way to living freely and giving fewer f*cks. Now go forth and get stoic, my friend!

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Elumar De Sa

Apple Manager & Future Author of 'The Dark Side of Intention' | Bridging Technology and Ethics for Conscious Decision-Making and Ethical Engagement