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 weren’t 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 the right thing.’ In hindsight, I should have stopped caring and thought about myself more.
Put yourself first. Stop caring. 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 will happen. Change how you perceive and react to those things, so that you sort out the things that are within your control and reach.
Stop worrying 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.