Old habits are really hard to break, especially when they aren’t at the forefront of our minds all day long. Sometimes, no matter how much I want to do something “right,” “better,” or “different,” I always seem to go back to my old ways.
One really bad habit I have is caring too much about what other people think about me and the decisions that I make.
I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember but when I was younger it was much more extreme. I wanted to be liked and I wanted people to be proud of me. I wanted to make others happy, sometimes sacrificing my own happiness. As I grew older, I cared less about being liked but I still wanted to make my parents and loved ones proud. So I got super serious about life and everything became about business. In the process, I wasn’t able to enjoy my college days to the fullest and I worried a lot about things that I would never be able to fix on my own. Now that I’m knocking on 30, I definitely don’t care about being liked and I know that I’ve made my parents proud…but I don’t always live my truth.
What I mean by living my truth is simply doing what I want to do…doing what moves me…staying true to myself and my feelings, regardless of what other people think about it. When you care too much about what people think and how they’ll feel about your truth you rob yourself of happiness.
The closer I get to God the more comfortable I am with being myself and doing what I feel on the inside. I know it looks crazy to some people but I can’t worry about it – and neither can you. People are going to speculate, assume, judge you, talk about you, love you, hate you, envy you, plot against you and anything else you can think of NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO.
You won’t be able to please anyone and you don’t have to. Use this post as motivation to live your truth and set yourself free from the traps of being who everyone wants you to be. I got tired of explaining myself and my decisions to people and now I just do what I want. It’s so liberating!
Your Turn to Talk…
Have you always lived your truth? Is there something you care too much about that’s hurting your happiness? Share with me in the comments section.