I decided a few years back to stop denying my authentic self to satisfy the expectations and scripts of others. I started to trust my own internal guide and listened to my heart. It hasn’t led me to my destination (just yet) but sometimes I have to remind myself: the joy is in the journey!
I’ve decided to stop living my life to be “liked” I could care less about fitting in.
I stopped seeking the validation of others and taking cues about who they thought I should be or what I should be doing with my life. I became willing to be misunderstood and criticized. It wasn’t easy but was a price I paid for refusing to satisfy the expectations from my culture, peers and society.
I’ve now come to realize my self-worth isn’t based on who I was with or what I’ve accomplished (or haven’t) but rather my value is an intrinsic, unchanging and irrefutable fact, not a tenuous and questionable proposition I need to prove.
I’ve come to also realize that maturity is the capacity to face frustration and defeat without complaint or collapse. Maturity is ability to control anger, or sweat out a situation in spite of discouraging setbacks. Sometimes one has to !ǝlƃuɐ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ɐ ɯoɹɟ sƃuıɥʇ ʇɐ ʞool
I won’t allow the behavior of others destroy my inner Peace.
Cheers to kindness.