In 1933, renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald ended a letter to his 11-year-old daughter, Scottie, with a list of things to worry about, not worry about, and simply think about. It read as follows.

(Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters; Image: F. Scott Fitzgerald with his daughter, Scottie, in 1924.)

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,


This is taken from this interesting site that I found (because I am a fan of a list)

I’d just like to say though that he obviously hadn’t taken a morning stroll through my local TAFE where Chicken Little and I walked the other day because I seriously thought for a moment that I might actually go insane due to mosquito attack. It was manic. I had to run home, take an antihistamine and have a shower before I calmed down a little.


13 thoughts on “things

    • I don’t think I know what a gnat is even after googling it. Maybe it’s a fruit fly?

      I hate it when you swallow a fly. I don’t do it often mid you but I’ve inhaled a couple over the years and it’s really gross.

  1. Bugs in my home freak me out. I don’t want them crawling on my floor or flying in the air (because that means they might get into or light on my food), Even the thought of them crawling in my bed while I sleep makes me want to scream out loud. Bugs outside are OK but I won’t tolerate them in my house. ~~~~~Shuddering~~~~~

    • I love things like that. Little snippets of bits and pieces. There was one that I really liked that was a list handwritten by Sid Vicious about what made his girlfriend Nancy Spungen so great. What makes Nancy so great for Sidney.

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