Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you somebody who has an easy time letting things go?

Is it hard for you to move on and do you tend to hold onto things?

Today we’re talking about the importance of letting things go and why it can make your life better when you have this ability.

We’re going to look at what this does in your life, and how you can talk about it using a few key English phrases.

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The Importance of Letting Things Go

Are you a person who has an easy time letting things go?

Today we’ll get three English idioms that talk about letting things go.

It’s healthier to let things go, though it’s not always easy to do.

It’s great not to worry about what people think, but it can take awhile to get there.

There is definitely a peace in this, and it’s something to strive for.

The older that you get, the easier it can be to let things go and to chill out and let go a bit.

It can be easier to give up worrying what people think of you as you get older.

The idea is that letting go of things can make your life far less complex and make you a healthier and happier person!

Three Phrases To Help You Express Letting It Go

No matter what the circumstance may be, sometimes you need to just let things go.

This is bound to come up in conversation for you fairly often, and now yu have these phrases to help you talk about it.

  1. Let bygones be bygones: If you see a friend you haven’t seen in a long time and they bring up something bad like you not getting along with somebody, you could use this as a response. You could say “let bygones be bygones” which is to say just let it go. It’s usually directed at a person specifically. This is to say that you are letting it go and time has made it easier to do so.
  2. Water under the bridge: It’s very similar, but it’s usually about a problem or an issue that you don’t feel angry about anymore. Whatever this negative thing may be, you don’t care anymore and you are just letting it go now. This doesn’t have to be about a person, but rather can be about an issue or a missed opportunity. You are essentially say “move on and let it go” because that’s what this sort of phrase is all about.
  3. To let sleeping dogs lie: It’s a bit different but it means don’t cause problems if you don’t have to. Think of this idiom as a real life situation where if you see a dog sleeping, you just leave it alone and don’t poke it. An example could be that there are people in your family who have different political views and you just choose to let it go. You don’t bring up politics because it’s going to cause an issue, so you just let sleeping dogs lie. This may remind you of the phrase “don’t poke the bear”, though this may refer to a more aggressive type of person you are dealing with. Essentially keep the peace and don’t let the people around you get to you. Don’t start up a conversation or touch on an issue that you know will cause a disagreement.

These phrases can all help you to express that sometimes you want to let things go.

You don’t want to provoke or cause an argument if you know that there is the potential.

Sometimes just letting things go and not worrying about it can be a much better way to live, and these phrases help you to express that.


It’s not always easy, but it’s much healthier and more peaceful if you can learn to let some things go.

There are always going to be people and issues that you have to try to keep the peace with, and it’s better for you if you can do so.

Now you have some idioms that can help you to express what it means to let things go and not worry about them.

This may become easier as you get older, but it’s a much healthier and more peaceful way to live overall.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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