Hey guys! Welcome back. My entire life I have been the kind of person who just sits in the shadows. I wait for people to come up to me. I wait for opportunities to fall at my feet. I wait for my life to just start happening. I have never really been the kind of person who really takes charge and does what needs to happen in order for me to get the things I really want.
I am also the kind of person who has really high expectations for myself and other people often have similar expectations of me. And I feel as though it is my job to live up to those expectations. If I don’t I beat myself up endlessly for falling short or not living up to what I needed to do. And even though I have always taken great pride in living up to those expectations and doing the job I set out to do, I know deep down that it isn’t really what I want.
I don’t want to be the person that everyone else wants me to be. I don’t want to be the person that everyone else thinks I should be. I want to be me. However, to do that I have to stop waiting for everyone else to say it’s okay. I have to stop waiting for the validation from everyone else and I just have to start believing in myself. I have to know on my own that this is something that I want to do and that I know I am capable of doing.
I recently realized that I have spent my entire life waiting for permission. I have spent so much time and let so many opportunities pass because I didn’t get the approval I thought I needed in order to go through with them. And I learned that if you really want something you have to just jump in because no one ever got anywhere waiting for someone else to tell them it was okay.
Life is too short to let someone else call the shots. Life is too short to give control to someone else. It’s up to you to know what you want and know what is best for you. You have to learn to trust yourself and do what you know is right. If you do, you will be able to look back and know that you led with your heart and lived the life you wanted. It won’t be without mistakes and it won’t be without struggle. But it will be without the control of someone else. Your time here is very limited, so you might as well do what makes you happy.
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