Learn To Live Freely, Not For Satisfaction Or Praise

You always hear things such as:

Work hard for a scholarship.

Get all A’s in college.

Achieve your dream job.

Receive the highest position in the company.

Buy your dream house.

Get married to the love of your life.

Start a family.

Travel.

These are all things we have heard or learned growing up. These, in a way, are milestones we shoot for and are expected to achieve. We hear it from parents, relatives, and friends. “At my age, blah blah blah.” Yes, dear Aunt, you may have had your own house at 22 years old, but times are different now.

Life is hard.

Life is expensive.

Life is complicated.

What happens when we do not hit these milestones?

Nothing happens. Do you want to know why nothing happens?

Every single person grows at their own pace. Each one of us is different. We all have our own paths in life, and none of them are the same.

And do you know what? That is completely and totally okay.

Do not compare yourself to others your age.

Do not listen to others’ harsh comments when you don’t meet their expectations. You don’t owe them anything. More often than not, others are jealous of your success and try to find something to tear you down about.

Do not look for the praise of satisfaction from your family or friends. Learn to live freely while enjoying life. Once you reach your destination, you don’t want to expect more waiting for you at the top of the mountain. You do not want to be waiting for a trophy that never comes. You want to be happy with how you got there and have loved freely while you accomplished what you have.

Be proud of your accomplishments as they come.

Live happy and be free without looking for the praise or satisfaction of others. At the end of the day, the only happiness that matters is yours.

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