As a child, I cared about everyone and everything, regardless of who cared about me. I cared about what other people thought about me, so much so that I became influenced by their suggestions, even though their suggestions were not right for me.
I’d speak and say things to please and gave no consideration to my own inner voice. I cared too much about ‘doing what they wanted me to do’. In hindsight, I should have stopped caring and thought about myself more.
Stop caring. Instead, follow your own inner thoughts, try what you want to try. Your limitations are other people’s limitations of themselves. Stop concerning yourself about the things you can’t control and care about the things you can.
Accept that things happen. Change how you perceive and react to those things, so that you can sort out the things that are within your control and reach.
Stop caring about the mistakes you make. Mistakes teach us important lessons about life and about ourselves. The biggest mistake most of us make is not doing anything because we’re afraid to make a mistake.
You will know when it’s right to care for others because you will see they care about you. Your efforts will be reciprocated.