That was a cliche title! And I’m sorry. But I’m serious, this is a topic that I, and many others, think we know the answer to, but I don’t think we really do. Everyone has heard the classic “believe in yourself!” motto, and its annoying and over-used and we all think we know what it means. But I’m realizing more and more why this piece of advice is thrown around.
As we get older, we have more responsibilities, and we have to take care of ourselves a lot more than we ever had before. We have to make more and more decisions about our lives and where we want to go and what we want to do… and the problem is that there are a lot of options and a lot of people that make different choices than us.
I wish it were easier to let other people just live and to live our lives our own way. But, the truth is, other people’s choices can has a huge affect of how we view our choices. If someone judges us for our decisions, it can be harder to believe in our own decisions. Even if a someone is super supportive of our lifestyle, but seems to be living happily in a different way, I some times feel like I might want to wander from my values to try what they are trying.
I think that trying new things in our lives to find what is best for us is always a good idea, and sometimes being inlfuenced by other people, like people that have our best interest in mind, can be a really good thing. But I also think it’s important to be able to stand strong in your own belief because you know yourself and believe yourself. Somehow, that is so much easier said than done.