If you worry, turn around.

“Would you worry about taking that road in these conditions?” I asked.

“No, I never worry. Once you start worrying, turn around.”

In other words, worrying does no good, and if you are worrying then do not do it – whatever it is.

I had been asking about a dirt road that I read was challenging and required 4-wheel drive. We had only 2-wheel drive, and the local also said that after rain it can be worse (and it had been raining). And what I was trying to ask is “would you go, given the rain and given the vehicle we have?”

But what I said instead was “would you worry.” And the answer received was a perfect reminder about the pointlessness and even harm of worrying – of dwelling on concerns that something might happen but that you are not going to currently take action to prevent from happening.

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