I don’t care cause care don’t get you nowhere is a retort my friends and I used to fling around in my girlhood days as we played on the stoop or on the sidewalk in between jumping double-dutch, playing jacks, or Chinese jump rope.
We also said, “forget you, forgot you, never thought about you.” We never said these things in a mean way, we were just being flippant and wise with each others. My days were filled with friends, neighbors and cousins by the dozen.
Saying “I don’t care” is rooted in me and so, I’ve been known to sprinkle this now and again in an
argument a conversation. These words have hurt the feelings of people closest to me. They sound so cold and distant. The phrase has mostly been misinterpreted and, if I’m thoughtful, I can understand why. I don’t always want to be thoughtful, however.
When I use it, I don’t mean “I don’t care about you.” What I mean is:
- I don’t care about this situation or
- Either choice would be fine with me or
- I don’t care about what you decide to do or
- Do what you want to do (it’s your thing after all) or
- This…(whatever) is not important to me or
- I give a rat’s ass.
(Okay, that last example was mean.)
♫“Throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don’t care.” (Atliens lyrics Sung by Outkast (Andre)
I’m waving ‘cause I don’t care….except when I do.
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