After living in Australia for six years I can confidently say the phrase you will hear more than any other one is “no worries.” This may not seem very important but those words symbolise the view of life for many Australians.
Actually it’s a shortened version of the phrase “no worries mate she’ll be right” which is the normal response to a stressful or frightening situation. “No worries” shares the belief that everything will work itself out in the end and there is no sense in beating ourselves up worrying about it. It isn’t that Aussies don’t worry about anything at all, but they only worry about the things that are very important.
I actually love the No Worries Philosophy because it’s proved itself right over and over again in our lives. How many times have we almost killed ourselves worrying about a problem that eventually took care of itself? It’s also a contrast to the American culture which seems to embrace a “worry about absolutely everything philosophy.”
The No Worries view of life can also create issues since not every problem we face will work itself out. Sometimes it will continue growing bigger and before you know it there is a 500 pound elephant sized challenge in the room instead of the small issue you could have dealt with earlier.
One of the things God has been teaching me lately is that with some challenges of life instead of saying “no worries” a better response would be, “okay maybe I should worry about this.”
Like many people I have teeth problems that should have been dealt with a long time ago but haven’t really done anything about it. A few teeth have broken leaving nerve openings that could easily become infected which means anything cold brings intense pain. Of course at that point there would be two options….get a cap to temporarily fix the problem, or get a root canal (option three is knock out the tooth with a hammer but that’s a secret).
Up till now I have been looking at my tooth issues with the no worries philosophy (they aren’t hurting yet so why do anything about it?) especially since actually dealing with the problem will probably end up costing a lot of money. The problem with that philosophy is things aren’t going to get any better, just worse. Dealing with my teeth now could mean it’s possible to do a cap or other temporary fix instead of the serious (and expensive) options that would be faced if there was an infection.
Some of our problems in life are like the broken tooth; there is no way they can get any better, just progressively worse. These are the cases when laying aside the “No Worries Mate” philosophy of life is necessary and facing the issue before it get’s any worse.
The phrase “No Worries” has become a normal part of my vocabulary even in the States because many of us worry about too many things. But in the midst of life it’s important to remember that sometimes it is okay for us to worry.