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10 Things to Ignore in 2022

Not everyone will agree with each item on this list. These are things I find don't add value to my life, and perhaps others will find things here they can ignore and be better for it as well.

    1. Cryptocurrency.

    I know it's all the rage, and some people out there have hit it big.

    But until it becomes even remotely consistent in its value, becomes something that the average Joe on the street can understand, and it can compete with the Almighty Dollar, I will save my precious time and attention for better endeavors.

    2. The urge to buy a house just because everyone else is doing it.

    People are buying up houses now mostly because they feel like they have to. "Interest rates will rise soon/home values will continue to rise/so-and-so just bought one so I have to as well!"

    The housing market will drop at some point. It may be some time, as the fuel behind this bubble is different than the last one, but it will come. Be patient, and buy when prices are down.

    3. Whatever Kim Kardashian is doing.

    Seriously, people. It's been long enough. Let's move on already!

    4. High gas prices.

    There's nothing we can do about it, so there's no point in complaining. If it's negatively affecting your budget, consider options for driving less, if possible. Just don't obsess over it, because it won't make the prices go down - it'll only make your anxiety levels go up.

    5. Mainstream news.

    Actually, you should ignore this any year. Like gas prices, it provides far more stress than value for my life.

    6. Starting a business based on the latest passive-income fad.

    Better to focus on a skill, set of skills, or a personal passion, and build a business from there. Building something of quality that provides value and in which you can be proud is more important than making passive income the foundation and focus of your business.

    7. The United States midterm elections.

    Think of the last time party control switched in Congress. How much has changed? Maybe some things, but not a lot. How much of your life has explicitly changed due to it?

    8. The Great Resignation.

    Quit your job if you want to quit your job and you have a plan. Don't do it because "everyone else is doing it."

    9. Whatever Elon Musk is doing.

    Despite what the headlines want to make you think, very little of what Elon Musk says or does directly affects your life.

    10. When the next stimulus check/debt cancellation is going to come.

    First, neither of these things may come. So, obsessively reading articles about them online, and worse, making plans based on them happening, is a fool's errand.

    Better to focus on what you can control, rather than what you can't control, and if some extra benefit comes your way it'll just be a bonus.
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