When I saw this quote, the first thing I thought of was how many times I have felt the need to explain to others my personal journey. However, no matter how hard I tried, they just did not get it. Often I would make alterations to my life course to try and please others, which often resulted in great dissatisfaction on my part. It was only when I realized that I did not need approval from others for my personal journey that I started to live life for myself.
So many times people get caught up in relationships, marriages and friendships where we basically sell our souls to ensure that others are satisfied. We often forgo our own ambitions, fail to follow our own dreams and thereby live someone else’s life rather than our own. What we forget is that we only get one chance at life. There are no do overs. That makes it incredibly important to make sure that we are living the life that nurtures our soul and not everyone else’s.
The first step to living a life that is true to who we are is understanding that others don’t need to understand or approve our journey. Those who wish to can be a part of it if they so choose, but they shouldn’t be able to choreograph our life to satisfy their own. Learning and understanding that gives us the freedom to be true to who we are and live a life that is fulfilling and rewarding.
The next time you find yourself going off your life path, evaluate what it is that is causing the deviation. If it is because of your own action, evaluate and course correct. If it is because we are allowing someone else to direct our life for us, take back your power and live the life that you deserve.
Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles today.
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